"I know it's got a lot of positives, but with the increased traffic and already high cost of living, it's hard to be optimistic", she said outside a local Starbucks. "I've had conversations with the Governor, prior to this, we really didn't get into a conversation on incentives".
Walsh said economic development officials had been asking questions in recent weeks, but did not receive any substantial answers.
Amazon stands to receive more than $2 billion in tax incentives across the locations. The $1.5 billion figure also has room to grow with New York City's Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP), where taxes are lowered for up to the first 10 years of construction of a property development.
Despite being passed over for HQ2, Boston and MA already have a strong and growing Amazon presence.
National Landing in described here as "the newly defined interconnected and walkable neighborhood that encompasses Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern portion of Potomac Yard".
But it was the prospect of 50,000 jobs that led 238 communities across North America to pitch Amazon on why they should be home to the next headquarters.
Those offers were predicated on a single headquarters with 50,000 jobs rather than the existing split deal with 25,000 in each location, but still would have blown the NY and Virginia offers out of the water - a signal that Amazon was not willing to compromise on access to technical talent.
As word spread in the last few weeks that Crystal City was on the shortlist to land Amazon, housing demand has skyrocketed. The housing market will be one aspect to watch as Amazon employees and executives start exercising the option to move to NY or Virginia, Bishop recently told KIRO Radio.
"The state is still operating in the mindset of a New York City from 1980, where we're an economic basket case and we've lost our economic prestige and jobs", said James Parrott, director of the Economic and Fiscal Center at the New School.
The outcome "suggests that there were only two places they could go".
Despite the new supply, prices are high. "The idea is that, above and beyond tax credits and tax exemptions, investing in things like bridges, connecting to Reagan Airport [near Arlington], improving roads - that serves the public good, and it helps to create entrepreneurship as well". Already-planned improvements coming to nearby LaGuardia and JFK International airports also will help ease the retail and shipping giant's activities. "We're well past that, and there's zero public justification for a package as rich as this".
And they're not the only ones likely to keep a careful eye on Amazon's promised rewards. If they realize that a secret 14-month corporate search process didn't net all that much for the winners, the next time around, they may decide to sit it out.