The Diridon development would have office space for 15,000 to 20,000 workers and include 2,500 units of housing, the mayor said.
Mr. Liccardo says that he expects the Council to approve the start of negotiations and that a plan with Google, which has already bought up privately owned parcels of land near the station, will be ready to sign by early next year.
Diridon station, named after Rod Diridon, a tireless advocate of public transportation for the Bay Area, is a hub for Amtrak, CalTrain and San Jose’s light-rail system. By 2025 the station would also host Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains and, if fierce opposition by the state’s Republican Congressional delegation is overcome, a high-speed rail line already under construction in the central valley. Mr. Liccardo describes the station as the largest intermodal transit hub in the western United States.
A Google spokesman said the company was looking to build up to 8 million square feet of office space at the site, around three times the size of Apple’s new “spaceship” headquarters. The increase in office space would be gradual, the spokesman said, and of course contingent on reaching a deal with the city.
“This is very early on,” Mr. Liccardo said. “We haven’t even started dating yet and folks are already talking about the size of the ring.”
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