Google’s Modular Plans Denied; LinkedIn Links Up

linked_in_logoUpdating an article MHProNews posted March 4, 2015 regarding Google’s modular expansion plans for its North Bayshore campus, the Mountain View (CA) City Council voted to give google_logoGoogle only about a quarter of the office space it had requested for the complex, and instead opted to give the lion’s share, about 1.5 million square feet, to LinkedIn.

Google had proposed a series of tent-shaped modular complexes that would have added 2.5 million square feet onto its existing four million square foot campus, with space to increase the number of employees from 20,000 to 30,000.

The vote not only reflected the David vs. Goliath victory for LinkedIn–Google is the largest employer, largest taxpayer and owns three Empire State buildings worth of real estate in Mountain View—but would also “preserve business diversity,” meaning, decrease the city’s dependence on Google. In addition, LinkedIn also partnered with an affordable housing developer for new housing projects nearby, although Google will likely have a hand in that since it owns a majority of the land in North Bayshore.

Google may also tear down some of its existing buildings and develop a plan with a smaller footprint. David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate said the company will continue to work with the city on future plans in the city, according to nytimes. ##

(Image credit: LinkedIn, Google)

matthew-silver-daily-business-news-mhpronews-comArticle submitted by Matthew J. Silver to Daily Business News-MHProNews.

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