You are invited to join Diridon Station Area Walking Tour, hosted by Bill Ekern, the Diridon Project Manager for the City of San Jose, on Wednesday, May 30th from 6-7:00 PM, The tour is from 6-7:00 PM. We'll meet in front of Diridon Station, and make our way around the Station Area to view the key sites and points of interest listed below. This walking tour is open to the public, so please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending. Di
Google is nearing ownership of enough downtown San Jose properties and parcels to create a “viable” transit-oriented development near the Diridon train station, a top company executive told a key advisory group this week. During a meeting of the Station Area Advisory Group, formed to gather and process citizen input about Google’s proposal to develop a massive transit village near Diridon Station, Google executives offered the company’s first major presentation of its develop
Marking a major new Google area of interest in downtown San Jose, the tech titan has bought the huge site of Orchard Supply Hardware and now has spent well over $200 million in a widening shopping spree for properties. TC Agoge Associates, a realty venture of Google and its development partner Trammell Crow, on March 29 paid $39.6 million for the Orchard Supply site. The deal extends the southern borders of Google’s purchasing activity nearly to Interstate 280. “It’s encourag
The city council of the City of San Jose voted Tuesday 11-0 to approve the sale of of five former redevelopment properties near Diridon Station to Mountain View-based Google for $67 million. The properties slated for the sale are located at: 8 South Montgomery Street, 105 South Montgomery Street, 510 W. San Fernando Street/102 S. Montgomery Street, 150 South Montgomery Street, and 645 Park Avenue. According to the terms of the compensation agreement, as outlined in a release
After more than three hours of impassioned pleas from dozens of local residents and community groups who wanted to be included, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved the creation of a controversial advisory group that will offer input on the possible Google development near Diridon Station. The group will offer community feedback to the city manager’s office as the administration works with Google to develop a proposal to present to the City Council. It was originall
SAN JOSE — Google’s realty ally has scooped up two more downtown San Jose parcels — acquisitions that suggest the scope has widened for a proposed Google village in the city’s urban core. TC Agoge Associates — a group controlled by Google’s development ally on this project, San Francisco-based Trammell Crow — paid a total of $1.3 million for the two properties. Both are a short distance from the Diridon train station and the SAP entertainment center in downtown San Jose. In t
SAN JOSE — A big tech village planned for downtown San Jose is moving forward — an ambitious project that could bring 5,000 jobs to a site that’s adjacent to a separately proposed Google mega-campus. Developers TMG Partners and Valley Oak Partners have gained a key rezoning approval from San Jose city officials, and have now requested approval for a specific permit to develop the site. The project is being designed by New York-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, lead designer
On June 20, 2017, the City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to negotiate and execute an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with Google for the acquisition of properties in the Diridon Station Area owned by the City of San Jose (7 parcels comprising 2 main sites) and properties owned by the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency(SARA)(9 parcels comprising 5 main sites). The June ENA action marked the first step in a multi-step, multi-year proc
An army of 20,000 Googlers is expected to descend upon the capital of Silicon Valley when the search giant opens a new campus here. To see what happens when an explosively growing technology company moves into downtown, look no further than Seattle.
Amazon’s dramatic expansion there has wrought a profound transformation on the city, and holds lessons for San Jose.
Some points are beyond dispute: rent and real estate costs in Seattle have skyrocketed, as has homelessness,
SAN JOSE — Google ally Trammell Crow has widened the footprint for a future transit village in downtown San Jose with a purchase of a large industrial site across from the Diridon train station. The latest acquisition, for $5.5 million, occurred on June 30 and added 140 S. Montgomery St. to the properties that Google and Trammell Crow have collected for a future Google village. The buyer was TC Agoge Associates, an affiliate of Trammell Crow, which is Google’s development par