Middlefield Park Master Plan

Creating a thriving neighborhood with housing, retail and open space for all

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From a suburban office park to walkable neighborhood

Across the Bay Area, one issue stands out as especially urgent and complex: housing. That’s why we created the Middlefield Park Master Plan to help the City and community realize the East Whisman Precise Plan vision, to transform an existing suburban office park into a sustainable and thriving neighborhood with new homes, parks, restaurants, services and jobs.

Balancing our guiding principles

We’re designing sustainable, inclusive places where local communities and Google can thrive together. Our approach to designing great places for people is guided by four principles.


Places are about people and connections between them.


The wellbeing of people depends on the health of the planet.

Balancing our guiding principles


Have a healthy disregard for the impossible.


We invest in bold ideas that create replicable solutions for a better future.

A vibrant and healthy neighborhood

Middlefield Park builds on the City’s Precise Plan to imagine a complete community with a mix of housing, parks, jobs and community uses, all centered around public transit. Balancing these uses is key to strengthening the social and economic vibrancy of the Mountain View community. To achieve this vision, we continue to work with the City and our neighbors to ensure Middlefield Park responds to the community’s needs. Learn more in the Middlefield Park Master Plan application and project fact sheet.

  • Housing
  • Nature
  • Sustainability
  • Community
  • Mobility
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The Bay Area is our home, and we’re committed to being part of the solution for the growing housing crisis. That’s why in June 2019, Google committed $1 billion to create at least 20,000 homes across the Bay Area over 10 years. Consistent with the City’s goal of providing more equitable and inclusive housing opportunities in East Whisman, Middlefield Park proposes up to 1,900 new homes, including the opportunity for 20% to be affordable at a range of below-market rates. The Master Plan will accommodate a diverse array of home types and sizes to meet the needs of the area.

Up to 1,900 new homes


  • 20% affordable housing (up to 380 units)
  • Wide range of housing types and income levels, including studios, 1- 2- and 3-bedroom units
  • Housing centered around transit and new public spaces
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Urban green spaces have profound benefits for human and ecological health. For many of us, they are the primary way we experience nature in our daily lives. That’s why we’ve made a robust 12+ acre network of public parks the character-defining feature of Middlefield Park.

Meeting the City’s open space targets, the four parks and plazas—Ellis Park, Maude Park, Gateway Park, and Bridge Park—create much-needed public open space where neighbors and visitors of all ages can relax, play, and connect.

12+ acres of public open space for all


  • 7 acres of Google-owned land permanently dedicated to the City for public parks and recreation
  • Additional 2.5+ acres of privately owned, publicly accessible open space
  • Native, low-water and pollinator-friendly plant species for ecological diversity and resilience
  • Bird-safe design guidelines for all new construction
  • Lighting optimized for dark skies and low energy use
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Google’s approach to improving the built environment is grounded in our longstanding commitment to build sustainability into everything we do. We’re proud that we were the first major company to reach carbon neutrality and have become the world’s largest annual corporate buyer of renewable energy. We’re now working toward fully decarbonizing our electricity supply to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030.

To meet our Master Plan goals, we’re targeting ambitious sustainability achievements in Middlefield Park with specific emphasis on carbon reduction and water savings. The sustainability strategy for Middlefield Park covers land use, parks and open spaces, circulation and mobility, and building design. We’ll share these benefits by making it easy for residents, workers and visitors in Middlefield Park to make sustainable choices.

24/7 carbon-free energy in all offices


  • LEED Platinum standard for all office and GreenPoint-rated 120+ point standard for all residential buildings
  • Solar photovoltaic panels and electric vehicle charging stations for all buildings
  • All-electric energy in homes and offices
  • Exploration of district systems to reduce energy, water and waste
  • Exploration of mass timber structural systems, such as cross-laminated timber, to significantly lower carbon emissions
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Middlefield Park will create places to bring people together to gather, make, learn, celebrate, and share ideas in a welcoming neighborhood environment. We’re planning a range of community spaces and outdoor amenities, with a mix of shops, dining and conveniences. With events, programs and art, Middlefield Park will be an inclusive community to create and cultivate meaningful connections among the area’s residents, workers and visitors.

±50K sq. ft. of public retail and community spaces


  • Up to 30,000 square feet of street-level shops, dining, services and other active uses such as a grocery market
  • Up to 20,000 square feet of street-level community spaces such as community meeting rooms
  • Integration of indoor and outdoor spaces to bring retail and community uses to life
  • Spaces and uses for all ages and abilities
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Middlefield Park provides a variety of healthy, affordable and convenient ways to get around. Walking and biking are encouraged by design via car-free pathways. All streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. These “complete streets” make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They accommodate on-street bus stops and make it safe for people to walk to and from light rail train stations.

3+ miles of new walking and cycling trails


  • Entire site within a 10-minute walk of VTA light rail station and bus stops
  • Small blocks, continuous and connected sidewalks, and new mid-block crossings for safe movement of people of all ages and abilities throughout the site
  • Bike-pedestrian paths link to Stevens Creek Trail, SF Bay Trail, Mountain View and Sunnyvale downtowns
  • Traffic reduction through bike share programs, bike storage, space for car-share programs, and Mountain View Transportation Management Association membership
  • Flexible parking zones for ride-hailing deliveries and bikes

The heart of East Whisman

Middlefield Park is a 40-acre area within the East Whisman neighborhood of Mountain View. It is bounded by Highways 101, 237, and 85 and is within a 15-minute bike or 10-minute transit ride to both Mountain View’s and Sunnyvale’s downtowns and Caltrain stations. The area connects to the Stevens Creek Trail and the San Francisco Bay Trail, providing a key missing link in the region’s walking and biking network. Middlefield Park is also the heart of the City’s 400+ acre East Whisman Precise Plan, which establishes the area’s vision as a sustainable and connected mixed-use neighborhood with a focus on health and well-being.

The heart of East Whisman map

Middlefield Park land use map

Middlefield Park Master Plan propose land use map


Click on the circles to explore the past and future of Middlefield Park.