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Google's growth online reflected by expansion in Mountain View
By Mike Swift
mswift at mercurynews.com
Posted: 11/14/2010 12:01:00 AM PST
Updated: 11/14/2010 07:34:08 AM PST
Google's aggressive online growth increasingly has a counterpart in bricks
and mortar, with the company's Mountain View headquarters mushrooming in the
past four years to occupy more than 4 million square feet, or the equivalent
of about 40 Home Depot stores. But that's just a start. On Silicon Valley's
NASA base, Google is preparing to build a new corporate campus with fitness
and day care facilities and -- in a first in the valley -- employee housing,
adding 1.2 million square feet of space to Google's real estate holdings.
Although other valley giants also occupy vast amounts of real estate, Google
is growing in a way that is distinct, remaking its surroundings according to
its own values. In addition to buying and leasing buildings and squeezing out
some of its neighbors, it is prodding the city of Mountain View to transform
the area around its headquarters, adding housing and retail to create an
environment more like a town center.
The company's goals are to build a headquarters that would be "nurturing and
regenerative to the environment, provide a vibrant community and work/life
balance for all," Google real estate chief David Radcliffe wrote in a letter
to city officials earlier this year. City officials say they are considering
where housing could be built and how much of it is needed as part of the new
citywide general plan. The City Council could endorse basic concepts for that
plan this month.
"I don't want to say it's the new company town," Gregory M. Davies, a vice
president with commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley CPS, said of
Google's role, "but it's not far from it."
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