Google has started major developments in downtown San Jose. The City Council agreed yesterday to negotiate a sale of 16 pieces of land owned by the city. The supposed deal was powerfully supported by the mayor and deputy mayor of San Jose, but the residents of the city have shown a significant amount of hesitation. This plan is separate from Mountain View campus development plan of Google. This project will turn the Diridon Station area of San Jose into a huge transit hub. More than 20 thousand new jobs will be offered after the completion with a Google village. The tech giant will be able to build at least 8 million square feet office space and more than 3 thousand housing units after the full & final approval for this project.
Point to be noted that the city already has Amtrak Caltrain hub and a plan of high-speed rail line and BART trains. Google and its allies are rapidly buying property in the entire area for the past few months. 2 associated property investor groups have already bought real estate in the area estimated at more than 130 million U.S dollars. It is important that the supposed project doesn’t point out the affordable housing issue generated by the tech companies in the Bay area. The expanded public transportation will connect Silicon Valley with cheaper housing places. The residents of San Jose need confirmation from Google that they shouldn’t be displaced. They also stressed the City Council and city mayor to ensure the safeguards regarding the supposed project.