Friday, June 6, 2008

GoogleTown -- Coming Soon to Mountain View

Internet giant Google is leasing land in Mountain View from NASA’s Ames Research Center to build a new research and development campus. But "high-tech campus" doesn’t quite describe what Google plans to build — it’s more like a mixed-use development.
The campus will contain 1.2 million square feet of office and research and development facilities on 42.2 acres in the research park. Here, Google will work on high-tech research projects, such as large-scale data management, massively distributed computing and human-to-computer interfaces.
But here’s where Google raises the bar. The company will also build "high-quality, affordable" housing on campus, in an attempt to attract top talent. It will also build restaurants, fitness facilities, a child care center, a basketball court, and conference and parking facilities for employees, while providing NASA with recreation and parking facilities and infrastructure improvements. There may even be room for retail shops in the future.
The lease is for 40 years but could be extended for up to 90 years. And it didn’t come cheap — Google agreed to pay $146 million over the lifetime of the lease.

-- Michelle Savage

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