Google praises Mountain View's approval of ambitious housing expansion – San Francisco Chronicle

Cyclists ride past a Google sign at the company's headquarters. Google will be able to build housing in the North Bayshore area, where it is also planning a new campus, following the Mountain View City Council’s approval of a plan to expand housing in the neighborhood by nearly 10,000 units. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press
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Cyclists trip previous a Google signal on the firm's headquarters. Google will have the ability to construct housing within the North Bayshore space, the place it's also planning a brand new campus, following the Mountain View Metropolis Council’s approval of a plan to develop housing within the neighborhood by practically 10,000 models.

Mountain View Metropolis Council on Wednesday accredited an ambitious plan for its North Bayshore neighborhood that will develop its provide of housing by practically 10,000 models, primarily residences.

The transfer, which might permit Google and different employers or builders to construct housing, comes as cities throughout the area have struggled to accommodate the inflow of jobs. Some Bay Space employees now commute from as far-off because the Central Valley or live in their cars on residential streets as a result of they will’t afford a spot the place they work.

“Mountain View has stepped up and we’re doing our half to extend the (housing) provide,” mentioned Metropolis Council member Patricia Showalter. “I sincerely hope that many neighboring communities may also step up as a result of that’s what actually must occur.”

North Bayshore has primarily been an space with workplace parks and just a few locations for folks to stay. The plan handed early Wednesday morning would permit for blended-use growth, Showalter mentioned. It permits for as much as eight tales for workplace and housing, and as much as 15 tales for residential buildings. In 2009, North Bayshore’s inhabitants was 760 folks, however that's anticipated to extend to 17,998 in 2030, according to the city’s plan. Jobs in North Bayshore are anticipated to rise 28,080, up from 17,480 in 2009, the plan mentioned.

Google is constructing a futuristic campus referred to as Charleston East in North Bayshore that can open in late 2019 and be residence to 2,700 staff.

Google, one of Mountain View’s largest employers, has explored building housing within the space. A Google spokeswoman didn't instantly reply to the Chronicle’s questions on how a lot housing the corporate goals to construct.

“We're happy with the council’s determination to undertake the (plan) and stay up for collaborating with town of Mountain View to create an entire neighborhood for the neighborhood to stay, work, play and keep,” mentioned Mark Golan, vice chairman and chief working officer of Google’s World Actual Property Investments and Growth, in a press release.

Wendy Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle employees author. E mail: wlee@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @thewendylee

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Google praises Mountain View's approval of ambitious housing expansion - San Francisco Chronicle