Learn more about
Google in San José

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

Why is Google looking to expand to downtown San José?

Diridon Station Area offers a prime opportunity for Google to move away from a car-focused, suburban campus model to an urban, transit-oriented site for our long-term growth.

What does Google aim to develop?

In alignment with the City and community’s vision for the Diridon Station Area, we aim to develop a vibrant, mixed-use urban destination next to a public transportation hub. Our preliminary land use plan proposes approximately 3,000-5,000 housing units, 5.5 million square feet of new office and 1 million square feet of existing office, 15 acres of parks, plazas and green space, and 500 thousand square feet of retail, cultural, arts, education, hotel and other active uses.

How does Google differ from traditional developers?

We’re invested in San José for the long term versus building and then moving on. We also partnered with Lendlease and many others to ensure that the result of our proposed project is something the City, the community and our employees can be a part of and enjoy.

How big is Google’s proposed project in the Diridon Station Area?

Google’s project area is approximately 84 acres, including roughly 20 acres of city streets. The project size may change due to the Diridon Integrated Station Concept (DISC) process and some parcels that are still in question. 

When will Google start construction on it’s proposed project?

Approval for the project is a multi-step process, which includes city council approval. The San José City Council is scheduled to review and consider our project for approval in fall 2020. If approved, we’d begin applying for building permits, and expect the project to be constructed in several phases over the next 10 years.

Is the housing in the proposed project for Google employees?

The housing we’re proposing will be available to the public.  

How much affordable housing is included in Google’s proposal?

We’re currently working on our housing analysis and how Google can best contribute to the City’s goal of 25 percent of the housing developed in the Diridon Station Area to be affordable. 

We’ve made a number of advancements on our $1B housing commitment. We’ve already invested $55.3 million, $50 million of which went to Housing Trust Silicon Valley’s (HTSV) TECH Fund, which uses capital to break down barriers to building affordable housing. In October, we invested $5.3 million in The Kelsey’s first inclusive, affordable housing development in San Jose.  HTSV has already used these funds for two affordable housing projects in San Jose. 

In addition, Google.org has already donated $3.5 million from its commitment. The grants have gone to organizations like The Salvation Army, Bay AreaLifeMoves in San Jose, and Hamilton Families in San Francisco. 

How is Google responding to the region's housing needs including displacement?

Recently, we committed $1 billion to help accelerate the production of housing in the Bay Area, and Google.org also committed $50 million to support organizations focused on issues of homelessenss and displacement. The City is also working on the Diridon Housing Study as well as a citywide anti-displacement study.

How much parking is included and is it available to the public?

Up to 5,160 parking spaces for public and/or commercial and residential use are under review. The City is also conducting a parking study that will help determine the Diridon Station Area’s parking needs. Adjustments to the number are likely.

How will historic assets be protected?

We value and want to preserve the city’s historical landmarks, which is why we’re conducting a historic resources analysis as part of our design and environmental review processes. We’ll have more details to share soon.

How will community benefits be addressed?

The process for determining community benefits is outlined in a December 2018 Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Google, and will be codified in the pending Development Agreement.

What types of parks and open spaces are planned?

We’re currently studying the existing open spaces and will work with the community to understand their needs so we can propose successful parks and open spaces that are accessible to all San José residents. We’re considering spaces for active and passive recreation, ecological habitats, public gathering spaces, plazas, art installations and other suggestions from the public.

Where can I get a copy of Google’s application to the City?

We submitted our application on October 10, 2019 to the City under the project name "Downtown West Mixed Use Plan". This City hosted webpage provides information on the proposal, review process, and public meetings on the project.

What types of jobs will Google bring to Downtown San Jose?

At Google’s current sites across the Bay Area, there are a variety of technical and non-technical jobs. This development will bring numerous short and long-term jobs into the area.

Where can I send Google my comments and questions?

You can reach us at sanjoseplan@google.com. Please note we receive a high number of emails on a daily basis that it may take us three to five business days to respond to your message.