Huntington Beach

Here’s the pitch: HBLB is “Amazon Coast”

HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER. Surf City is partnering with Long Beach to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to the area.

“The Amazon Coast: Portal to the World,” a proposed joint project of Huntington Beach and Long Beach for the online and high tech giant’s second headquarters worth an estimated $5 billion, was announced Wednesday.

Under the proposal, the two coastal cities would offer four themed phases or sites. They are:

  • Phase One and Three: Amazon Sand Campus (Huntington Beach).

Over 1 million square feet of land available over 164 acres, including Boeing facilities at 5301 Bolsa Ave.

  • Phase Two: Amazon Sea Campus (Long Beach)

The World Trade Center complex and 1 and 11 Golden Shore near downtown, featuring three towers on the waterfront with more than 2 million square feet covering over eight acres.

  • Phase Four: Amazon Air Campus (Long Beach)

The former Boeing C-17 site at 2400 and 2401 E. Wardlow Road, which is 72 acres with 4 million square feet of building space.

The entire project is also labeled “HBLB.” A custom-made HBLB surfboard, along with the complete proposal and a video– – will be included in the package sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

“If Amazon were to select HBLB,” said Huntington Beach Mayor Barbara Delgleize, “I know having them here would only bring out the best in all of us, a new spark of inspiration for not only the Los Angeles and Orange County regions, but Southern California as a whole.

“Where else can you go to have so much connectivity and accessibility? And with so many outdoor recreation opportunities and perfect year-round weather, Amazonians will love the SoCal vibe and culture,” she added.

Several dozen California cities – including Irvine and a Santa Ana-Garden Grove partnership – are also vying for “HQ2,” which could supply employment for up to 50,000 people. The deadline for submitting proposals is Thursday, Oct. 19 and Amazon pledges to choose a winner among perhaps hundreds of pitches within one year.

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