San Jose officials to meet over Google's proposed office complex

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 07:17AM
San Jose City Council members will meet Tuesday to decide whether to move forward with an exclusive negotiating agreement with Google to build a massive development in the downtown area.


SAN JOSE, Calif. - Google wants to build a mega campus in downtown San Jose and the city will decide whether to take the next step and enter into talks during a meeting on Tuesday.

However, not everyone is happy about the potential downtown development.

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Google has big plans for the area, but some community activists want to make sure they get their say.

The tech giant wants to build a mega campus between six to eight million square feet near the Diridon Station, Caltrain, light rail, Amtrak and eventually the BART extension.

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Google has already started buying up parcels.

On Tuesday, the council will decide if it wants to move forward with an exclusive negotiating agreement with Google for some of the city owned and successor agency to the redevelopment agency owned properties.


Labor leaders and community activists are concerned residents will be left out and result in more gentrification in the downtown area.

They want several things, including the city to use local workers and companies to build the complex and hire local people to work in it when it's complete.

"There is substantial risk that it will exacerbate income and equality, there is substantial risk that it will make the housing crisis even worse than it already is," South Bay Labor Council spokesperson Ben Field said.

This will be a long process. Mayor Sam Liccardo predicts the development could take a decade to complete.

The council meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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