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Mayor of Revere: Amazon experience “gave us an opportunity to showcase our great city to the nation”

Even though Amazon didn't choose Revere for their new headquarters. New opportunities lie in the future (Owen O'Rourke)

REVERE — Amazon announced Tuesday that it selected New York City and Arlington, Va., as the locations for the company’s new headquarters. The mayor of Revere, which was one of 20 metropolitan areas under consideration by Amazon, says the city still won.

“From the city’s perspective, the Amazon experience gave us the opportunity to think more strategically, to be more aggressive about the companies we want to come here and grow with us,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “Amazon was just one project out of $750 million worth development actually in our pipeline right now. Revere is on a fast track to our future, and I could not be more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

In January, Boston and Revere made the list of the 20 metropolitan areas under consideration by Amazon for construction of its new headquarters, HQ2. If selected, the two cities would have reaped the benefits of 50,000 high-paying jobs and more than $5 billion in investments over the next two decades.

Had Amazon selected Revere, it may have accelerated the redevelopment of Suffolk Downs, but the detailed planning for the site was underway months before Amazon announced its search, said Arrigo.

“Revere’s role in the Amazon HQ2 search process gave us an opportunity to showcase our great city to the nation,” said Arrigo. “We have long considered the Suffolk Downs location as Revere’s greatest opportunity for growth, and we never pegged that singly to HQ2 coming to Boston (and) Revere.”

The city has worked with The Hym Investment Corp., LLC, a Boston-based real estate company, for more than a year to approve a Planned Unit Development for the Suffolk Downs location that will transform the city.

Hym’s vision for the former horse racing facility is to transform the land into a mixed-use development with commercial offices, streetfront retail, housing, restaurants, and open space, according to the company’s website.

Construction on the first phase of the project is expected to begin before the end of next year, said Arrigo.

“Amazon’s consideration will prompt other companies to see all that Revere has to offer, with our access to public transportation, robust housing stock, excellent school system, and our most prized natural resource, Revere Beach,” said Arrigo. “Other companies now have heard about our proximity to Logan Airport, to Boston, to Kendall Square, world-renowned colleges and exceptional medical institutions. They will see that our leadership is eager to create jobs and spawn economic opportunity for everyone.”

New York City and Arlington will join Seattle as Amazon’s three headquarters in North America. The Arlington location will be located in National Landing and the New York City headquarters will be located in the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens.

Nashville was selected for a new Center of Excellence for its Operations business, which will be responsible for the company’s customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities. More than 5,000 will be created in Nashville. Hiring at each location is expected to begin in 2019.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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