The mega-deal to bring half of Amazon's second headquarters to New York's Long Island City will allow the $800 billion tech giant to reap a windfall of tax breaks and credits in return for hiring at least 25,000 workers.
It will also likely yield a jackpot for Plaxall Inc., a thermoformer founded by the late Louis Pfohl that owns two large sites that Amazon will build on to create roughly half of its planned 20-acre headquarters. The parcels surround Anable Basin on the Long Island City waterfront in Queens.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Plaxall is selling the sites or leasing them to the tech company, nor how much it could receive. State and city officials said that Amazon's deal with Plaxall was being privately arranged between the two parties and was separate from the transaction Amazon struck to lease city-owned land next to the Plaxall sites.
But beyond the headquarters deal, Plaxall appears to be getting another huge perk: A third site owned by the company that borders the planned Amazon campus, but is not part of it, will be included in the state-controlled process to rezone the sites to permit large-scale development and allow Plaxall to avoid City Council review and community input
By inserting the third site, which is located between 46th Avenue and 46th Road, in the state's so-called general project plan for Amazon's headquarters, Plaxall can avoid having to rezone the roughly 2-acre parcel through a city review. It had already planned to apply for rezoning to build thousands of apartments on the three sites.