Despite Pandemic, Google Moves Forward with Downtown San Jose Expansion
by Erik Hayden, on Oct 14, 2020 10:33:28 AM
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At Urban Catalyst, we’ve been a champion for the revitalization of downtown San Jose. And we’re not alone.
As we gear up to break ground in 2021 on our seven projects in downtown San Jose, Google has reached a major milestone in planning its massive downtown San Jose campus. As part of its expansion, Google will add 7.3 million square feet of offices, 4,000 homes, shops, restaurants, a hotel and more near downtown San Jose’s Diridon Station.
In case you missed it, here’s the latest on Google’s downtown campus project:
From The Mercury News:
“A game-changing development that bids to reshape the west edges of the city’s urban core while still blending in with adjacent communities. ...The Downtown West plan also underscores the tech behemoth’s continued commitment to its San Jose plans at a time when businesses around the world are rethinking the future of office space amid the work-from-home era brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.”
The Silicon Valley Business Journal also picked up the exciting news:
“The city of San Jose made both documents available for public review as part of the entitlement process for Google's ‘Downtown West’ project. The Mountain View-based search giant is proposing a massive development that includes up to 7.3 million square feet of gross commercial office space, up to 5,900 residential units, and up to 500,000 square feet of active uses.”
Alexa Arena, Google’s development director for San Jose, told the SVBJ that the team is excited about this next step:
“[The project] incorporates feedback from thousands of people over the last two years and provides another opportunity for community input,” Arena said. “We continue to hear that housing and preserving affordability is a priority for San Jose, and our proposal offers more affordable housing, job pathways, and community spaces for San Joseans.”
Google's resubmitted application accounts for new design standards and guidelines, check them out here.
Urban Catalyst is proud to be in the company of a growing roster of tech titans like Google in downtown San Jose. Several of our projects are being developed just a few yards away from the Downtown West project, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see this new development come to fruition!
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