- The redevelopment is expected to bring 3,000 new jobs to the city.
- In April, US President Donald Trump
- The announcement also comes as Amazon halts expansion plans in Seattle due to a dispute over a local proposed tax that would help alleviate the city's affordable housing crisis.
- One of the
As the competition for Amazon's second headquarters heats up, the company isn't waiting around to build more North American offices.
The tech giant will move inside (and on top of) Vancouver's historic post office by 2023, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday. The project is expected to bring 3,000 new jobs in a variety of sectors,
The new office complex, called the Post and developed by QuadReal, will give 416,000 square feet to Amazon (roughly 35% of the building). The rest of the redevelopment will include other offices, retail, and a food hall.
The announcement comes amid some controversy. Somewhat coincidentally, last month, US President Donald Trump accused the tech giant of financially hurting the US Postal Service.
Amazon is "costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy," hetweeted on April 3, continuing, "Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don't have a clue (or do they?)!"
On Wednesday, The Seattle Times also reported that Amazon is pausing expansion plans in its hometown of Seattle, due to a dispute over a proposed tax by the City Council. The tax — which could cost large employers $500 per employee annually — aims to alleviate the city's affordable housing and homelessness crises. Amazon doesn't want to pay the tax, so it's
Meanwhile, 20 North American metros (not including Vancouver) are battling it out to receive Amazon's second headquarters, HQ2. According to the company, the $5 billion campus will create 50,000 jobs over the next two decades. Chicago, one of the finalists, has proposed that Amazon move into its old post office.
As Gizmodo notes, the fact that Amazon — a company that depends on local couriers around the world to deliver products — is moving offices into a former post office is interesting but not quite ironic. The new building will not serve as a warehouse for processing and shipping, but a hub for Amazon's tech workers.
The online retail giant has also built an office on the site where the world's largest mall once stood. The now-demolished mall in