San Jose approves a massive Google ‘Downtown West’ project

After almost four years of community conclusion, Google’s plan for a San Jose campus advance. By the chronicle of San Francisco, the Council of the City voted unanimously on Tuesday night to approve the city center project. Once completed, the 80-acre site will be one of Google’s largest office complexes to date.

In a plan reminiscent of the submission of the alphabet’s sidewalk laboratories in Toronto, the project calls for a mixed-use development that will be integrated into the city and partially open to the public. In addition to 7.3 million square feet of office space for about 20,000 employees, Google is considering building 4,000 homes, 300 hotel rooms and at least 10 parks alongside other amenities such as Retail spaces and a performance area.

To secure project approval, Google has agreed to pay a Community benefit of more than $ 200 million from first-class, which will see it in anti-displacement and preparedness programs. The company also submitted to a last-minute agreement with the San Jose sharks of the NHL to avoid the project in the legal gridlock. Construction on campus is planned to begin next year, but could take a better part of 10 to 30 years to complete.

Approval comes like some of the company’s workers voluntarily returned to its offices. In early May, Google Sundar Pichai CEO stated that the research giant would adopt a new hybrid work plan that would like most employees to work from an office three days a week. As part of the same plan, Pichai said Google would also give workers more freedom to move between offices.

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