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After engaging with thousands of locals, we’ve heard many great questions. Here are answers to some of the most frequent ones we get. 

Your most common questions, answered

What is Downtown West?

In alignment with the City and community’s vision for the Diridon Station Area, Downtown West is a 80 acre mixed use district that includes 4,000 housing units, 7.3 million square feet of office space, 15 acres of parks, plazas and green space, and up to 500,000 square feet of retail, cultural, arts, education, and other active uses.

What are some of the Downtown West public benefits?

Google, in collaboration with the City of San José and residents, developed a public benefits package. Highlights include:

  • - Creating a first-of-its-kind $154 million Community Stabilization and Opportunity Pathways Fund that is 100% focused on social equity and involves community participation in the grantmaking process.

  • - Supporting 25% affordable housing in the Diridon Station Area - a level not achieved before in a private project in San José - through a combination of on-site land dedication, inclusionary housing (distributed among market-rate buildings), and inclusionary housing in lieu fees.

  • - Investing in new walking and bike paths, construction of 15 acres of parks, plazas, and green spaces, year-round free programming, preservation of historic resources, ecological restoration, infrastructure investments, innovative district systems, and more.

To learn more about the project’s commitments, read Downtown West’s Social Infrastructure Plan.

When will we see public benefits?

In 2021 we were excited to deliver some initial public benefits. They included the early transfer of land parcels, which provided the City an opportunity to begin development of affordable housing. In addition, we made an early $7.5 million community benefits payment to the City. The City allocated $3 million to support community stabilization programs, and the remaining amount will be allocated at an upcoming Council meeting. The rest of the public benefits will be paid to the City as the project progresses.

When will Google start construction?

Delivering a project of this size will require extensive improvements to roads and infrastructure over the next 12-18 months. In 2022, we’ll begin submitting concept plans to the City that will show the range of required site preparation and infrastructure improvements to support the construction of the project.

How long will it take to build Downtown West?

Downtown West will take more than 10 years to complete and will be delivered over several construction phases. Our first phase of development includes office and residential units as well as retail, and public green spaces. Much of the work will take place between West San Fernando Street and Park Avenue, and will include the adaptive re-use of some existing structures along Barack Obama Boulevard.

How much affordable housing is in the Downtown West plan?

We’re excited to help the City reach its goal of 25% affordable housing in the broader Diridon Station Area by providing dedicated land, paying commercial linkage and inclusionary housing in-lieu fees, and building affordable units amongst the market-rate housing.

How can I stay informed about the project, including construction activities?

We’ll keep the community informed with regular updates via e-newsletters, website posts , and community meetings. In addition, there we’ll share a website that will track construction progress and updates will be available on the City’s website.

Where can I send Google my comments and questions?

Email us anytime at downtownwest@google.com. Please note we receive a high number of emails on a daily basis, and it may take us three to five business days to respond to your message.