A place inspired
by San José

We’re working together to imagine this part of downtown — one that draws from San José’s culturally-rich history, vibrant personality and innovative spirit.

Wall mural with a patchwork of colorful pictures
Neon sign that says, “Stephen’s Meat Products” People walking down a busy urban street


Downtown West

In 2021, the San José City Council approved the Downtown West mixed-use plan. It builds on the City of San José’s Diridon Station Area Plan to create a mixed-use urban destination near public transit. We worked closely with the City and community to help bring this vision to life through Downtown West.

A woman places a sticker with feedback about the plan on a poster board. People gathered around a poster board listening to a woman explaining the information on it.


Building on a decade of engagement

We've drawn on more than ten years of planning efforts from the City of San José and have had thousands of touch points with local community members to create our mixed-use framework plan. As this project moves forward, we’ll continue to engage with the City and community members to build a place that’s reflective of San José.

As told by the people of San José

  • What I love most about San José…

    Diversity  •  The people  • It isn’t pretentious  •  Small city feel with big city amenities  • The potential  •  It’s a nerd mecca  •  It’s not San Francisco  •  The parks • Libraries  •  We keep it real  •  We’re the underdogs of Silicon Valley  •  It’s filled with people like me  •   The rich cultural history and racial diversity   •  How family-friendly the city is  • The amazing people that cultivate the arts and the culture that exists and THRIVES here  • Inclusivity  •  Great neighborhoods  • The culture and people and food  •  Openness to new people  • The art  •  Community events  •  Unique  •  It's growing and changing quickly  •  Weather and outside activities  •  One of the most beautiful cities  •  Variety, mix of culture and influences  •  Peaceful  •  Historic neighborhoods  •  It’s authentic

  • What excites me most about Google in San José…

    Job opportunities in the heart of SJ   •  The innovation and advances we could make   •  Using vacant lots to activate SJ’s downtown core  •  Walkable community with parks, recreation, and retail  •  SJ is coming up  •  My mom will get a job close to home  •  They will invest in the area and my family’s future by committing to the long run  •  Taking SJ to the next level  •  New jobs and new opportunities  •  Hands on learning   •  Providing opportunities for young people  •  Real community involvement  •  Better streetscapes and transit  •  Connecting greenways • More vibrant and safe Diridon  •  Opportunities to collaborate and innovate  •  More jobs more people more housing  •  Busier trails and parks  •  More night life  •  Positive upgrades to infrastructure  •  Community gathering space  •  Jobs for San Joséans

  • What I wish San José had…

    More kid-friendly venues for teens  •  Late night establishments  •  Better public transportation  •  Affordable housing for the middle class   •  A history trail  •  More small shops and grocery stores  •  More community involvement  •  More lively downtown  •  More block parties  •  More vibrant hangout spots  •  Community events and functions  • Awareness of how beautiful this city really is, we have so much to offer  •  Multicultural center  •  Skyscrapers • More places for kids downtown  •  More fun things to do  •  Safer walks to downtown for women  •  Improved creeks and rivers   •   More youth employment focused on tech  •  More jobs for locals  •  More cool public art  •  More festivals  •  Taller buildings more density  •  More affordable housing  •  More outdoor music and dance  •  More playgrounds  •  Cleaner streets 


Delivering on San José’s goals

We heard from San José - and we set the priorities for Downtown West together. The project and its programs are designed to respond to these meaningful and ambitious goals—and to also grow and evolve together with the community. Downtown West includes the following benefits, which we’ll work towards meeting throughout the development of the project.

  1. Local job opportunities

    5,700+ prevailing wages construction jobs (with supplier diversity and local hire targets), and new job opportunities in technology and other industries

  2. More housing, and affordable housing

    4,000 new homes, and support for 25% affordable housing in the Diridon Station Area

  3. Help strengthen the community

    ~$150M Community Stabilization & Opportunity Pathways Fund rooted in social equity and community participation

  4. An inclusive place

    15 acres of public parks and open space with free year-round programming

  5. Ambitious climate targets

    Zero net new carbon emission and 65% non-single-occupancy vehicle trips (walking, biking, carpooling, or public transit) 

  6. Enhancing ecological health

    ~4.25 acres of enhanced riparian habitat, 2,280 new trees planted


A mixed-use plan for a variety of experiences

  • Trees line a creek as the sun shines in the sky. Text reads, “Varied experiences at the creek”.

    A range of urban to nature across open spaces

  • A train pulls out of a station. Text reads, “World-class multi-modal transit hub”.

    World-class multi-modal transit hub

  • High-rise buildings, trees, and a sun. Text reads, “Local neighborhoods with diverse character and community”.

    Local neighborhoods with diverse character and community

Downtown West will be a connected hub of activity and culture with easy access to nature and transit.

  • 7.3M sf


  • 4,000

    Housing units
    *Studying up to 5,900 units

  • 15 acres

    Parks, plazas and green spaces

  • 500K sf

    Retail, cultural, arts, education, hotel and more

Proposed land use

Map of proposed land use for the Downtown West Plan shows different zones.


  • Augmented Trail icon Office
  • Proposed Trail Connections icon Residential
  • Existing Trails icon Land dedicated to City for affordable housing
  • DSAP Boundary icon Land dedicated to City for Unentitled DSAP potential affordable housing
  • Newly Proposed Office icon Active use (retail, cultural, arts, education etc)
  • Housing icon Parks + plazas + green spaces
  • Hotel icon Downtown West Project Boundary

How it all comes together

Take a walk across the site

Downtown West is designed to provide a range of experiences from urban to nature, while fostering a lively and welcoming public realm, including free year-round programming.

Where are we in the process?


  • 2009

    City forms Good Neighbor Committee
  • 2014

    City approves Diridon Station Area Plan
  • AUG 2019

    Google unveils draft mixed-use framework
  • OCT 2019

    Google submits Downtown West development application
  • OCT 7, 2020

    Draft documents for public review
  • OCT 19, 2020

    Development Application Community Meeting
  • May 25 & June 8, 2021

    City Council approves Downtown West development application
  • Today

    Laying the groundwork for Downtown West


How we think about placemaking

Four guiding principles

We know when our local communities thrive, Google thrives. That’s why we made a $1 billion Bay Area housing commitment to enable 20,000 new homes. As we think about designing great places for people, we look to four guiding principles.

Google wants to be a helpful neighbor Principles of place


Places are about people and connections between them.  We want to contribute to vibrant places that promote well-being, inclusion, and interconnectivity.


We aim to have a healthy disregard for the impossible. We design for adaptability and flexibility.


The well-being of people depends on the health of the planet. We aspire to build spaces and places that are resilient and circular, connect people to nature, and help us conserve resources and reduce waste.


We invest in bold ideas that create replicable solutions for a better future. We want our designs to give something back to the world that wasn’t already there.

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Project team through entitlement approval

  • Lendlease: Development Advisor
  • SITELAB urban studio: Master Planning + Urban Design
  • Heatherwick Studio: Workplace Architecture
  • Grimshaw Architects: Architecture
  • Red Leaf: Design Visualization
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF): Architecture
  • Fougeron Architecture: Architecture
  • Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB): Architecture
  • SHoP Architects: Architecture
  • Architectural Resources Group (ARG): Historic Resource Consultant
  • West8: Landscape Design
  • Sherwood Design Engineers: Civil + Infrastructure
  • HMH Engineers: Civil
  • H.T.Harvey & Associates: Ecology
  • San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI): Ecology
  • Integral Group: Design Analytics
  • David J Powers: Environmental
  • Kier + Wright: Surveyors
  • Prior + Partners: Urban Design + Station Integration
  • ARUP: Rail, Transportation, + Sustainability
  • Nelson Nygaard: Transportation
  • Schaaf & Wheeler: Hydrology
  • Johnson Aviation: Aviation
  • Applied Wayfinding: Signage

We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from you!

If you have questions, comments or ideas, reach out to us any time at DowntownWest@Google.com.