Google reportedly halts construction of its giant San Jose campus (

Google reportedly halts construction of its giant San Jose campus

The company reportedly “gutted” the campus development team as part of its largescale layoffs in January, and froze construction with no word to contractors on when it might resume.

In a statement to Engadget, a representative says the firm wants its office space to reflect the “future needs” of the business, hybrid workers and the community.

Critics objected to the elimination or relocation of wellknown businesses and landmarks, but the potential economic boon for the city was such that Governor Gavin Newsom touted the deal as playing a major role in recovering from the COVID19 pandemic.

However, it’s the pandemic that ultimately put Google in its current position.

Google is still determining “how to best move forward” with the San Jose campus but is “committed” to longterm development in San Jose, the spokesperson adds.

Google spent years negotiating and designing Downtown West, and received approval in 2021 after promising concessions that include 15,000 housing units across Silicon Valley, 200 million in community support (such as helping displaced businesses) and devoting more than half the campus to public uses.


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