Facing local opposition, Amazon on Thursday announced it won't move ahead with plans to build half of its East Coast headquarters in Queens.
" ... A number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City," the online retailer said in a statement Thursday.
Amazon said it won't search for another headquarters, but will continue plans to build out a headquarters compound in Arlington, with the same investment of $2.5 billion and 25,000 jobs.
"We do not intend to reopen the HQ2 search at this time," the Amazon statement said. "We will proceed as planned in Northern Virginia and Nashville, and we will continue to hire and grow across our 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada."
In November, the company announced it would split its new second headquarters, dubbed Amazon HQ2, between Long Island and Crystal City in Arlington.