Search giant Google wants to build a new 40-acre campus in Mountain View, California, to house office buildings, homes, businesses and public spaces, according to plans announced Tuesday. Clearly, googleplex headquarters, about 40 miles south of San Francisco, is not enough to expand its presence in home.
(Photo from: Google)
The new campus is expected to provide more than 1 million square feet of office space, 30,000 square feet of retail and event space, and 1,850 homes.
Mountain View earlier reported that Google is working with Australian developer Lendlease on design.
More than a year ago, Google committed $1 billion to building 20,000 homes locally over the next 10 years, and re-using $750 million worth of land.
The area is currently zoned for commercial and office use to build 15,000 homes, including for low- and middle-income people.
In a statement Wednesday, Development Director Michael Tymoff confirmed that it has taken a step forward in delivering on its housing commitments and looks forward to continuing to work with the city government and the local community.
On the other hand, the tech giant, represented by Google, has also drawn criticism for helping to raise rent levels in the Bay Area. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have reconsidered telecommuting, and Google will not bring everyone back to the site until at least July 2021.