Tuesday night, Google got the green light to build an 80-acre mixed-use campus in downtown San Jose, California.
“Google will make the largest private sector investment in San Jose history – and by and large in the history of any other city,” San Jose Mayor Sam Ricardo said in a statement.
Tonight, our council unanimously made a historic decision, a move that will allow San Jose to lead the country not only in economic recovery from this pandemic but also in a fair recovery. My complete statement below ⬇️ .
Tonight, our Council unanimously made an historic decision, one that will enable San Jose to lead the nation not merely in economic recovery from this pandemic, but in an equitable recovery. My full statement below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/E3oboNM1BA
— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) May 26, 2021
Plans for the Midwest West include 7.3 million square feet of office space for 20,000 workers. It will consist of 4,000 units, a quarter of which will be considered affordable housing. In addition, there will be 15 acres of green space, parks, and plazas, as well as 500,000 square feet of what the project website describes as “retail, culture, arts, education, hotels and more.”. Google is also launching a $ 200 million fund focused on social stocks.
“Together, we have created the foundation for a fair and eco-friendly place that represents the best of San José and Google,” Alexa Arena, Google’s director of development in San Jose, said in a statement.
According to the project’s website, construction could start as early as 2023 and last for more than ten years.