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Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new headquarters near Washington, D.C.

Amazon in 'advanced talks' to build new headquarters near Washington, D.C.

According to a report by The Washington Post, Amazon has held advanced discussions about putting the highly sought-after facility in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and president - and owner of The Washington Post - has said the company will make its final decision by the end of this year.

He criticized the leaker who allegedly tipped off The Washington Post that Northern Virginia is the likely victor of Amazon's second headquarters competition in a highly unorthodox public rebuke. One tweet read, in part, "You're not doing Crystal City, VA any favors".

But an Amazon.com Inc.'s economic development director isn't happy about the report.

People close to the process told The Post the talks were more in-depth than they had been with other locations.

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Prominent local real estate investment trust, JBG Smith, has reportedly taken several office leases off the market in Crystal City, allegedly so that the space could be ready for Amazon employees to move in within about nine months.

Northern Virginia has always been seen as a favorite for Amazon HQ2, a $5 billion second headquarters that will have room for up to 50,000 employees. At stake: the online retail giant's second North American headquarters and 50,000 jobs.

In other tweets, Grella took aim at a report that linked the possible second headquarters to where CEO Jeff Bezos' plane travels. "And stop treating the NDA you signed like a used napkin", he said, referring to the nondisclosure agreements that Amazon required its finalists to sign.

The Walsh administration past year submitted the Suffolk Downs site in East Boston as the "perfect match" for Amazon's second headquarters. Amazon executives did not return to Boston for a second site visit this fall - though Bezos was spotted dining in Kendall Square last weekend.

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment Saturday.