Amazon.com Inc. stated it’s pausing building planning on a brand new workplace tower in Seattle pending the end result of a metropolis council vote on a brand new tax on staff. The firm additionally stated it’s contemplating subleasing workplace area it has already leased in one other downtown company excessive rise below building.
The Seattle metropolis council has been debating a brand new per-worker “head tax” on massive employers to fund homeless companies and inexpensive housing. The enterprise neighborhood has usually opposed new taxation, which has seen public assist at hearings by residents involved in regards to the elevated price of dwelling within the metropolis.
The Seattle Times earlier reported Amazon’s building pause.
Amazon has been constructing a community of workplace towers close to Seattle’s South Lake Union space close to downtown, as its workforce within the metropolis has grown. The new construction, referred to as Block 18, is adjoining to its new workplace advanced, together with its signature spheres, and at present comprises a motel that Amazon has let a non-profit use to briefly home homeless households.
The work stoppage comes as Amazon is poised to announce which metropolis it has chosen for its second headquarters. Seattle has been wrestling each with issues it’ll miss out on progress as Amazon shifts sources elsewhere, and on the flip facet, with worries that the retailer’s enlargement has already worsened points round affordability and housing in Seattle. This week it additionally introduced expansion plans in Boston and Vancouver.