Updated: McKinney’s Honeycreek development making bid for Amazon’s second HQ

A worker loads boxes for shipping at an Amazon fulfillment center.

A worker loads boxes for shipping at an Amazon fulfillment center.

Editor's note, update: Representatives from The Sanchez Group, the developers of Honeycreek, said a news release on a pitch to Amazon was prematurely posted on the website and contained incorrect information that had not received final approval from the company. That incorrect information included who was donating the land, the location of the land, how much land was to be donated and the value of the land, which Community Impact has removed from the article. This article has been updated to include comments from Santiago Jorba, owner of Creu Capital LLC, who is helping develop Honeycreek.

The city of McKinney is working to attract Amazon to the city thanks to a $10 million donation from the Jorba family.

The Jorbas donated property in the Honeycreek development to the city as one of the city's top locations for a potential Amazon headquarters, Santiago Jorba, owner of Creu Capital LLC and grandson to the co-founder of Grupo Bimbo, said in a news release.

"We think this groundbreaking community will be used as a template for master planned communities to come," Jorba said in the release. "It will truly break the mold and we hope Amazon is there with us each step of the way."

Amazon announced in early September plans to open a second North American headquarters. Cities and regional economic development organizations have until Oct. 19 to submit proposals to Amazon. The tech giant is expected to look through applications in early 2018.

Original post: Oct. 5, 5 p.m.

Honeycreek, a 2,500-acre development in the northwest sector of McKinney, will submit a pitch to bring Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters to the city, according to a news release posted to the developer's website Oct. 5.

Amazon said it will need approximately 8 million square feet of space for its location.

The mixed-use development has been in the planning stages for more than 10 years, according to the developer’s website.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.


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