San Jose leaders are set to make history Tuesday with a vote on what could be the biggest development the city’s ever seen.
Google’s Downtown West project is a multi-billion dollar plan to expand to San Jose. The Oakland Athletics baseball team, now in home stadium limbo, was close to occupying downtown before a prolonged legal battle shut them out of the city.
The project, first proposed by the tech giant in 2019, spans 80 acres near Diridon Station and features 7.3 million square feet of office space, 4,000 housing units, 15 acres of parks and a 30,000-50,000-square-foot community center. It also boasts 500,000 square feet for retail, cultural, education and arts uses. A quarter of housing units in the area—approximately 1,000—will be affordable.
Google estimates that up to 25,000 people will work at the downtown offices.
“The Google investment is certainly historic,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo at a news conference last week at the project’s site. “But even more historic is their awareness and consciousness, their willingness, the obligation to do more for our community rather than simply put up buildings and make profits.”
A look at Google’s proposed land uses for its massive development in downtown San Jose. Image courtesy of Google.
The Downtown West project is expected to use provisions from Senate Bill 7, a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Friday that will allow cities and developers to move affordable housing projects through…