Google Widens Downtown San Jose Holdings, Grabs Orchard Supply Site

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 encouraging to see Google expanding the areas it is interested in,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in an interview Friday with this news organization.

Google’s northernmost purchase in downtown San Jose, on Cinnabar Street, is a full mile away from the southernmost point at present, the south edge of the Orchard Supply site.

“What we are looking at is a transit village that reaches from next to the target store on the north to Interstate 280 on the south,” said Bob Staedler, principal executive with Silicon Valley Synergy, a land use and planning consultancy. “This is a staggering amount of land that is being bought.”

What’s more, this transaction also sets a new investment milestone in Google’s downtown San Jose purchasing activity, concentrated in a strip that stretches on a north-south axis that primarily is located east of the local train tracks that funnel into the Diridon train station.

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