Tencent Technologies News, Oct. 12, according to foreign media reports, on Thursday evening local time in the United States, Google submitted a new document indicating that the company is expanding its second headquarters plan in San Jose, California.
Documents show that Google has formally applied for an 80-acre (about 60,000 square meters) project, which includes up to 680,000 square meters of office space, compared with the 600,000 square meters initially planned in August. Google has also applied to build up to 5900 new homes, up from 5000 previously planned.
Google spokesman Michael
The formal application comes at a critical moment when Google needs more space for its rapidly growing workforce, and its existing Mountain View headquarters and surrounding offices have become overcrowded.
Google also faces pressure from local voters who fear that its growth will further exacerbate supply constraints in the local real estate market, which is one of the most expensive in the United States.
Google expects the new park to accommodate up to 25,000 employees, which has aroused strong opposition from community members who fear more displacement. Some residents protested at the company's annual shareholder meeting in July, even after the company announced a $1 billion housing commitment across the San Francisco Bay area.
Since Google first announced its second headquarters plan in San Jose in 2017, it has purchased more than $400 million worth of real estate in San Jose and more than $1 billion worth of real estate in Senneville. That doesn't include Google's purchases in nearby mountain view and San Francisco.
This week, Google bought 16 hectares of land in Gilroy, Calif., and said it would plant trees and flowers for its park. The company also said the San Jose project would include about 6 hectares of parks and green spaces. In addition to offices and parks, the company also plans to launch retail.
The project will also include a large intermodal transport centre, the mayor of San Jose, Sam
Google has also been trying to free the city from building height restrictions so that it can expand upwards rather than outwards, which will be different from the traditional Silicon Valley architecture. The company is still soliciting community feedback and will conduct an environmental impact assessment before submitting the proposal to the City Council for final approval next year. (Tencent Technology Revision/Jinlu)