A rendering of the new 17-story office tower rented by Amazon in Boston and scheduled to open in 2024. (Amazon / WS Development Image.)
Amazon plans to create 3,000 jobs in Boston over the next few years and to rent a new 17-story office tower on the Boston Seaport project to enable further expansion of technology and corporate workplaces beyond the original Seattle headquarters.
The expansion announced on Tuesday morning includes features for Alexa, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Robotics and Amazon Pharmacy. The new 630,000 square meter tower is due to be completed in 2024.
Amazon currently employs 3,700 people at its Boston Tech Hub, part of its more than 20,000 workforce in Massachusetts. The company previously rented the 400,000-square-foot Boston Seaport building, which is slated to open later this year and has space for 2,000 employees.
With a total workforce of employees and seasonal workers of more than 1 million people worldwide, Amazon has increasingly sought growth in engineering, product management, and corporate jobs beyond its Seattle headquarters. The company has at times argued with the Seattle city council over the past few years because the city wanted to introduce new taxes to finance human services, among other things.
Amazon is also in the middle of a major expansion in Bellevue, Washington, where plans were announced in September to create 10,000 new jobs, bringing the future total to 25,000. In August, the company announced that it plans to create a total of 3,500 tech and corporate jobs in Dallas, Denver, Detroit, New York, Phoenix, and San Diego.
Boston was among the finalists in the search for Amazon’s second headquarters, commonly known as “HQ2,” which eventually ended up in Alexandria, Virginia.