WSJ: Amazon wants 500K square feet of NYC office space

Amazon could soon be making a big footprint in the Big Apple.

Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Seattle online giant is looking for up to 250,000 square feet of office space in New York City, according to sources familiar with the matter.

And that’s not all. Amazon wants the option to double that space within seven years, eventually giving it 500,000 square feet of space in the city. That would fit 2,000 to 3,000 workers.

According to Bloomberg, Amazon currently has 92,500 square feet in Manhattan at 1350 Avenue of the Americas.

Amazon’s HQ in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Photo via Ben Lakey

Meanwhile back in Seattle, Amazon continues to growThe company is expected to break ground this year on the first block in a planned three-block complex just north of downtown Seattle, having just closed the purchase of the property for more than $200 million. The development will eventually include three towers and related buildings.

Longer term, Amazon also has options to buy another large chunk of land just to the north. This is in addition to the company’s current headquarters campus in South Lake Union, which it just acquired for more than $1.1 billion.

The expansions make sense, as the company needs more space for its people. Amazon had 20,000 employees at the end of 2008 and is quickly approaching the 90,000 employee mark.

Last November, San Francisco-based developer Stanford Hotels filed paperwork tobuild a 15-to-16 story hotel right smack dab in the heart of Amazon’s campus.

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