The developers of the Seaport Square project released renderings of what Amazon's proposed 17-story building would look like at last night's meeting of the Boston Civic Design Commission. Read more.
WBUR reports the BPDA yesterday approved two measures to reduce taxes on two potential buildings in the Seaport Square complex - a $5-million break on a 17-story tower that would be filled mostly with Amazon offices and a second $5-million tax reduction on a second building next door that might be built for Amazon. Read more.
The Globe reports HYM, which is co-owned by a guy who used to run the BRA, has asked the Baker administration to let it begin construction on two buildings in its proposed mega-development tout suite, which means without requiring it to do any of those annoying environmental reviews normally required of large projects along waterways, in this case Chelsea Creek, as a way to signal to Amazon that Boston is willing to do whatever it takes to bring it here short of, perhaps, human sacrifice. And if Amazon doesn't pick Suffolk Downs? Well, que sera sera.
It's not all a bed of roses, a Seattleite warns us. Like, what happens when all those new techies decide to have kids, only there's a sudden shortage of apartments and condos with three bedrooms? Or when the diverse local community Amazon claims it wants discovers that Amazon's non-warehouse workforce is as white as any other tech company's?
WBUR reports Mayor Walsh tomorrow will detail his proposal to love up Amazon, with four possible sites in mind, but, really, he wants the Bezosphere to set up shop at Suffolk Downs.
The Telegram reports Worcester officials have proposed more than $500 million in tax breaks to entice Amazon to move to there, as well as a 20-year holiday from personal-property taxes. The city would also throw $1 million at Amazon to train workers.
The Globe reports. Why not throw Wonderland in, too, while they're at it?
Associated Press reports the company is leasing space in a Fort Point building.
Residents living near an Amazon warehouse on the Dedham/Readville line tonigh recited a litany of complaints that go back months: Van drivers who drive like maniacs, hog local gas stations in the morning and flip off other motorists. Read more.
Amazon has agreed to send representatives to a Manor Neighborhood Association meeting on Thursday to talk about the distribution center it now runs on Sprague Street on the Dedham/Readville line. Read more.
That's when the online retailer starts collecting the Mass. sales tax on purchases made by Bay Staters.
A tiny company called Lexington Luminance is suing both Amazon and Google over a patent it claims is violated by the LEDs used in the companies' tablets.
Boston University this week filed its own LED patent lawsuit against Amazon over the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets.
Yesterday, Formosa Epitaxy, the company that makes the LEDs that Google uses in its Nexus 7 tablets, filed a lawsuit against Lexington Luminance to try to forestall an anticipated Lexington Luminance lawsuit against it.
Boston University yesterday sued Amazon.com, charging the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets violate a patent the university holds on making the lights.
Xconomy seeks answers in the help wanteds for Amazon's local expansion.