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March 3, 2015

Google, LinkedIn Competing for Land?

Both Internet Firms Want to Expand Their Office Space in Mountain View

Photo by Ben Scholzen.

Google is not the only Internet company with plans to build in Mountain View, California — LinkedIn also has some big plans that could see the two firms competing for land.

According to the Mercury News, LinkedIn has submitted plans to Mountain View City Council for 1.6 million square feet of offices, in addition to 240,000 square feet of retail space dubbed Shoreline Commons that will include a new movie theater complex and an athletic club.

“A new mixed-use ‘town center’ will be developed as a complete master-planned venture” as part of the LinkedIn proposal, the professional social network said in its filing.

This rendering shows the west side of the proposed Shoreline building. The canopies along Shoreline Boulevard open onto a public plaza with retail spaces. Along the street, buildings are 2 or 3 stories, with taller areas toward the center of the structures.

This rendering shows the west side of the proposed Shoreline building. The canopies along Shoreline Boulevard open onto a public plaza with retail spaces. Along the street, buildings are 2 or 3 stories, with taller areas toward the center of the structures.

Google, meanwhile, submitted a plan to Mountain View City Council last Friday to redevelop four sites. The four locations already have offices, but Google wants to significantly increase its square footage at each site. Google’s planned expansion will cover 3.4 million square feet across all four locations.

To encourage city officials to give the project the green light, Google has proposed a $200-million public benefits package which would include a new public safety building and a bike bridge across a nearby highway.

The company has also said it would like to add housing near its new headquarters.

The two tech firms also face competition from various developers with hopes to build office space and a hotel, the Mercury News is reporting.

Mountain View officials, however, were planning to add only 2.5 million square feet of office development in the area the companies want to build in — only about half the space necessary to accommodate all of the expansion requests.

According to the report, that could mean the interested parties will be left to duke it out for the space their plans require.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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