first_imgBAYONNE – The City of Bayonne is planning to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) from the Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. for a location to build a second headquarters. The online retail corporation issued the RFP in early September, with a deadline of October 19, starting a bidding war among cities across the country and Canada that can accommodate the long-term project. The chosen city will be announced in 2018.Bayonne is unique in what it can offer: a 200-acre tract of undeveloped waterfront land facing New York harbor at the former Military Ocean Terminal Base (MOTBY).“I believe there are no other municipalities offering anything close to what Bayonne has to offer,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis in a press release, saying Bayonne is “uniquely positioned to respond” to Amazon’s request.MOTBY was decommissioned as a military base in 1998, and protracted efforts to develop and generate revenue for the city have conjured both hope and frustration in the minds of residents ever since.The base checks many of Amazon’s list of requirements, which include space to accommodate up to eight million square feet of building space by 2027 and close proximity to mass transit, highways, airports, and universities. The new headquarters would hire 50,000 new employees and bring economic activity to the region. ×Could Bayonne attract Amazon’s second headquarters? Could Bayonne attract Amazon’s second headquarters?last_img