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Google downtown San Jose village launches this month with demolitions

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SAN JOSE — This month, Google will begin demolition of its first buildings ahead of the tech giant’s new urban village in the most tangible sign of the upcoming transformation of downtown San Jose. The pigs that led to the South Bay’s past are preserved.

A sign for Stephen’s Meat Products near Diridon Station was moved Thursday and was kept safe until it was re-lit at San Jose’s Historical Park. It will be preserved as part of the

The collection and preservation of familiar signs is a highly visible move that marks the beginning of Google’s proposed multi-purpose district. Still, other significant efforts starting this month mark the first major steps in development.

Google has outlined a demolition schedule that will begin in mid-October and end in January 2023, less than four months later.

San Jose Mayor Sam Ricardo said in an interview with the news agency on Thursday at the Downtown West site, “What Google launches today will transform our city for decades. will bring

The search giant’s new neighborhood began when it was purchased by Google for $55 million in late 2016 (using the friendly name “Rhyolite Enterprises” as an alias) and has been in the works for about six years. The village will bring up to 25,000 of his Google jobs, millions of square feet of new office space, and thousands of homes, including hundreds of affordable homes, to a quiet neighborhood in downtown San Jose. increase.

Google spokeswoman Sheela Jivan said:

Demolition is scheduled to begin on October 17 at four locations and multiple buildings on South Montgomery Street and adjacent Otterson Street. According to Google information, this work will be completed by the end of January at the latest.

“This place is rich in history and part of this work is the careful management of historical resources, including the ‘Dancing Pig’ sign for Stephen’s Meats,” Jiban said.

This famous sign will reappear in San Jose’s Historical Park on Ferran Avenue in the coming weeks. The sign will be re-lit at the Kerry Park History Center. Eventually, a few years from now, the sign will return to the Downtown West district.

“The Dancing Pig will not be displaced by this development,” Ricardo said. “Pigs Dance Again”

The sign has been on the site since the 1950s when the meat factory opened. The meat building was demolished around 2007, but the sign remained a part of local culture.

“We really like Google’s commitment that this sign is an asset,” said Ben Leech, Executive Director of San Jose’s Conservation Action Council. “The sign is kept visible. It’s not just hidden in a warehouse.”

The addresses of the buildings to be demolished are 140, 145, and 102 S. Montgomery St. and 327 Otterson St.

The property slated to be bulldozed is known as the Sunlight Bakery Bread Depot, a former Patty’s Inn saloon, and an old Airgas storefront. The building next to the airgas outlet is also headed for demolition.

As a further indication that Google will retain some key components of the development, the company is aiming to use the Art Moderne style entrance of an old bakery building somewhere in the Transit Village project.

The tech giant will also rescue other important historical elements in its Downtown West footprint, including part of an old foundry near the SAP Center.

Google plans to break ground on Downtown West in 2023.

The district includes up to 7.3 million square feet of offices, 4,000 residential units, 500,000 square feet of retail space including shops and restaurants, 300 hotel rooms and 15 acres of open space. Google plans to employ up to 25,000 people in transit villages.

“Google’s development will be the biggest event in the U.S. Central Business District,” said Mark Ritchie, president of real estate firm Ritchie Commercial. Become.”

The tech company has been involved in “thousands of touchpoints” with the community. The result was feedback that Google described as very positive and helpful.

Bob Staedler, consultant for the Stakeholders + Neighborhoods Initiative, a nonprofit neighborhood group, said: “Downtown West’s success is not measured by square footage, but by how we implement themes from thousands of touchpoints from the community.”

In May 2022, Google completed an early payment of $7.5 million in community benefits to the City of San Jose. As Downtown West develops, the company will cover the rest of the utility. Overall, the total community benefit package is $200 million.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the city and the community as we make progress,” Jiban said.

Remember the long-term commitment behind the Downtown West project. It was in December 2016, almost six years ago, that Google purchased the first property needed for development. That first purchase was an old bakery building just south of the Dancing Pig sign site.

“We are now seeing real progress on this project,” said Riccardo.

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