City of Amazon proposed to attract company’s HQ2 to Georgia


The latest local pitch to attract Amazon? Create a city of Amazon for the company’s planned expansion site.

The Stonecrest City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to de-annex 345 acres of land if the e-commerce giant picks the area for what the company calls HQ2, a corporate hub where Seattle-based Amazon says it will one day house 50,000 jobs.

The city’s resolution asks the Georgia General Assembly to form the city of Amazon on that land, located off Lithonia Industrial Boulevard and Coffee Road in DeKalb County.

“There are several major U.S. cities that want Amazon, but none has the branding opportunity we are now offering this visionary company,” said Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary. “How could you not want your 21st century headquarters to be located in a city named Amazon?”

Amazon is seeking a 175-acre site located near an international airport, public transit and high quality of living. Lary said he hopes MARTA expands rail service to Stonecrest.

The proposed city of Amazon could enter into an agreement with the city of Stonecrest to provide city services, he said.

Stonecrest officials plan to submit a bid for Amazon’s HQ2 by the company’s Oct. 19 deadline.

Stonecrest, which includes about 53,000 residents in southeast DeKalb, incorporated as a city this year after voters approved it in a November referendum.

Visit myAJC.com for more coverage of Georgia’s push for Amazon and other issues. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Tex McIver said he shot his wife by accident — jurors didn’t buy it
Tex McIver said he shot his wife by accident — jurors didn’t buy it

Around 2 p.m. Monday, after more than 27 hours of deliberations, jurors in the Claud “Tex” McIver murder trial told Judge Robert McBurney they were hopelessly deadlocked. But less than two hours later, the 7-woman, 5-man panel came back with a verdict few expected: Guilty of felony murder, and three of the remaining four counts. He was...
Cherokee schools name new administrators
Cherokee schools name new administrators

The Cherokee County Board of Education at its recent board meeting named new district administrators and a new principal as it continues to announce appointments and promotions for the 2018-19 school year. Boston Elementary School Principal Izell McGruder was named an administrator in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction overseeing English for speakers...
Peachtree Corners to announce new transportation initiative
Peachtree Corners to announce new transportation initiative

Peachtree Corners officials will announce plans to spend $2 million on emerging transportation technology at an event 11:30 a.m. April 25 at Peachtree Corners City Hall, 310 Technology Parkway. According to city officials, this will be the first use of this type of technology in any community or city outside of the Atlanta metro perimeter. The investment...
Norcross invites public to 2nd WestRock redevelopment meeting
Norcross invites public to 2nd WestRock redevelopment meeting

The second community meeting to discuss the WestRock redevelopment proposal will be held 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Norcross Community Center, 10 College St. The public is invited to attend to hear more about a revised plan from the company proposing the redevelopment project. In March, Alliance Realty Partners LLC met with the community to propose...
Forsyth OKs repairs after wastewater plant fire
Forsyth OKs repairs after wastewater plant fire

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has approved work to investigate and repair the damage from a Feb. 6 fire at the James Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. The costs of the investigation by outside consultants and removal and disposal of blowers, cleanup and restoration of the building, purchase of new blowers and repairs to the centrifuge panel...
More Stories