City to vote on Google talks over Diridon-area land

Google is interested in a potential development site near Diridon Station, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo confirmed at a downtown google downtown san jose sam mayorpress conference at noon (Tuesday, June 6).

Liccardo told the media that the City Council will consider city staff recommendations to enter into an Exclusive Negotiations Agreement (ENA) with Google at its June 20, 2017 meeting. The agreement would kick off negotiations over the property. The city and the Successor Agency of the Redevelopment Agency acquired the land a decade ago in hopes of building a baseball park.

Liccardo made the announcement on the former Stephens Meat Co. site on S. Montgomery Street.  Some of the parking lots around the station also owned by the City and Successor Agency could be part of the talks with Google as well.

The Mercury News reported that Google is also interested in acquiring the lands purchased by Trammell Crow in 2015.

Since that large acquisition, Trammell Crow and a previous real estate agency for Google have been busy snapping up other properties around the station and SAP Center in recent months.

“In partnership with Google, we can reimagine Silicon Valley’s landscape, by creating a vibrant, architecturally iconic, transit-focused village that provides a model for a more sustainable future, and a sharp departure from the sprawling, auto-oriented tilt-up tech campuses of the Valley’s past,” Liccardo said. “The time has come for us to think boldly about the future of our city’s center. Silicon Valley’s center of gravity is shifting southward. As we build Diridon to become the busiest multi-modal station in the West, the tens of thousands who will commute here daily will know that they have arrived in Silicon Valley’s urban center, and that Downtown San Jose has arrived.”

In introducing SJDA Executive Director Scott Knies to speak, Liccardo commented that SJDA’s “vision is now coming to fruition after 30 years.”

Knies vowed to make this dream of a new “beachhead” for downtown come true and looked forward to working with developers on the area.

“I look forward to seeing the Google bikes at our Downtown Farmers’ Market and Music in the Park,” he said.

For more coverage see the story in the Silicon Valley Business Journal and Bay Area News Group.