Could Bensalem Be Home to Amazon’s Next HQ?

October 6, 2017 5:22 pm0 commentsViews: 273
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An Amazon HQ in Bensalem could create some 50,000 jobs and generate $5 billion in construction revenue…

With 675 acres of largely undeveloped riverfront property available, Bensalem Township Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo, along with State Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson and State Representative Gene DiGirolamo, are making the case that Amazon should locate its second headquarters in this Philadelphia suburb.

Bensalem officials sent an introductory letter to Amazon and are planning to submit a formal proposal as part of Amazon’s RFP process aimed at finding the site for a second headquarters to mirror its existing 8.1 million-square-foot Seattle headquarters. Amazon’s second headquarters would create 50,000 new jobs and would generate $5 billion in construction revenue, according to the company.

Interstate 95, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. Route 1 all intersect in Bensalem, there are two SEPTA regional rail lines that run within township borders and three airports, including Philadelphia International Airport, in close proximity. As a result, Mayor DiGirolamo wrote in the letter to Amazon that the township is the “perfect” location.

Amazon has said its preferred site should be within two miles of a major highway, have access to mass transit and be within 45 minutes of an international airport. Priority would be given to undeveloped sites measuring 100 acres. The Riverfront Revitalization District satisfies all these criteria.

“I have been saying for decades that our Riverfront is ripe for redevelopment,” Mayor DiGirolamo said. “Having Amazon locate in our township, particularly in this high opportunity area, would be a huge step forward for our community, our neighbors and everyone who lives or works in Bensalem.”

Bensalem is one of more than 100 municipalities vying to house Amazon’s second headquarters. Mayor DiGirolamo said his hometown of nearly 65,000 people is the best choice.

“We pride ourselves on our continuing efforts to make and keep Bensalem a home for local, regional and national business and industry,” he said. “Bensalem fulfills, and we believe exceeds, all of the requirements that Amazon is looking for in the location for its second headquarters.” ■