- Google’s plans for a massive mixed-use project in San Jose, California became clearer this week when the city released hundreds of pages of documents detailing the tech giant’s proposal.
- Downtown West’s mixed-use plan, which has been in the works for more than three years, will develop 81 acres in downtown San Jose into a transit-oriented area comprised of new office space, apartments, and open space.
- Although the coronavirus pandemic delayed the project review and the associated reach for a few months, tThe plans, released this week, will allow more public input and allow city officials to complete the review process, putting the project on the right track to reach the city council for possible approval in spring 2021, officials at San Jose.
The revised project proposal from Google includes:p to 7.3 million square feet of office space; 4,000 residential units; 15 acres of parks and open spaces; and 500,000 square feet of retail, cultural, and art space, among others.
More than half of the Downtown West project is dedicated to residential and public spaces, and includes features like daycare, outdoor learning centers, and ecological observation stations, Alexa Arena, Google’s district manager for San Jose, said in a video.
The design “relies heavily on people’s desire to have access to nature even in central cities,” she said. “We think this is vital to helping people lead healthy and resilient lives.”
Australian-based contractor Lendlease will master planning, permitting and other projects in the San Francisco Bay Area under the contractor’s $ 15 billion contract with Google to develop 15 million square feet of residential, retail, hospitality and other projects. and provide development services for the project. The partnership with Lendlease is part of Google’s commitment to build 20,000 homes in Silicon Valley to help alleviate the persistent shortage of housing in the area.
Over three years of community meetings and information fairs, the city and Google have caught up with community input that helped shape the final design, Arena said. Google also published a list of the design and engineering companies working on the project:
- SITELAB Urban Studio: Urban planning
- Heatherwick Studio: Architecture
- Grimshaw Architects: Architecture
- Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF): Architecture
- Fougeron architecture: architecture
- Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB): Architecture
- SHoP Architects: Architecture
- Sherwood Design Engineers: Civil and Infrastructure
- HMH engineers: civil