October 23, 2019
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Brunswick joins Scarborough in hunt for new $5B Amazon headquarters

Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority | BDN
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority | BDN
Aerial photo of Naval Air Station Brunswick just after it was closed as a military base in 2012.

The southern Maine town of Scarborough is a late entry in the competition to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters. There’s also a proposal to put it at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Town officials believe a horse racing track, Scarborough Downs, and adjacent land would provide plenty of space to meet Amazon’s demands. Town Manager Thomas Hall said the proposal will be completed in time to meet Seattle-based Amazon’s deadline for proposals on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority submitted a proposal Wednesday for Amazon to put the headquarters in Brunswick, where’s there’s rail, an airport, and space.

Both proposals check off most of the things on Amazon’s list, except for being located in a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people. Major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City have confirmed they are submitting bids, as has southern New Hampshire.

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