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Google starts San Jose village excavation and interior building tasks

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San Jose — Construction crews have begun the early stages of a multi-month effort to demolish buildings and clear the site for Phase 1 of Google’s innovative downtown San Jose Transit Village.

Initial excavation and demolition of interior buildings began on Monday at the site on South Montgomery Street and adjacent Otterson Street near the Diridon train station and SAP Center in downtown San Jose, with work continuing on Tuesday.

The demolition and site clearing should be completed by the end of January at the latest, according to information Google provided to the Bay Area News Group.

Google plans to break ground on Downtown West, a mixed-use district in San Jose, in 2023, the search giant announced earlier this month.

Construction workers were found in a downtown San Jose parking lot near where the now-rescued Stephen’s Meat Products (Dancing Pig) sign at 81 S. Montgomery St. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group) was located. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)

Offices, homes, stores, and stores are included in the Downtown West district, where Google can employ up to 25,000 technicians.

Tech giants install a range of infrastructure, including power equipment, prior to construction of new office buildings.

Earlier this week, construction workers were using machinery to excavate at multiple locations at 81 South Montgomery Street.

The work was done in the parking lot where the iconic Steven’s Meat Products (home of the famous local Dancing Pig sign) was demolished and trucked in on October 6th. Permanently stored and prominently displayed.

Inside the former Sunlight Baking Company building, a pile of rubble consisting of what appeared to be metal, tubes and ducts was visible on Tuesday.

In the former Sunlight Bakery Bread Depot building at 145 South Montgomery Street in downtown San Jose, bricks are piled up under the paneled windows.  (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)
In the former Sunlight Bakery Bread Depot building at 145 South Montgomery Street in downtown San Jose, bricks are piled up under the paneled windows. (George Avalos/Bay Area News Group)

Construction workers said work needs to be completed inside the slated for demolition before bulldozing the structure begins in earnest.

Four buildings are scheduled to be demolished before work is completed in the coming months.

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

These establishments are known as the Sunlight Bakery Bread Depot, the former Patty’s Inn Tavern, and the old Airgas Store. The building next to the airgas outlet is also headed for demolition.

In a further sign that Google will retain some key components of the development, the company said it aims to use the modern-style entrance of an old bakery building somewhere in the Transit Village project.

The Downtown West 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.

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