Google says its downtown San Jose development will proceed

A brief history on Google’s Downtown West Project, and a rundown on the latest update.

The Google "G" logo sits on top of a skyline view of downtown San Jose from I-280.

Google’s Downtown West project has been in development since 2019.

Graphic by SJtoday staff

Google’s neighborhood in downtown San Jose could become a reality sooner than you’d think.

This month, the company announced a new phase of demolition will begin downtown — taking down the former Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) complex at 720 W. San Carlos St. The deconstruction of the building will begin later this month, and is expected to complete in late May 2024. The timeline for the remainder of the project is unclear.

According to the tech titan’s plans, the Downtown West project is expected to create 4,000 new residential units, 500,000 sqft of retail space, and 15 acres of open space. The project hit a major snag in November 2023, when the partnership between Google and its real estate partner Lendlease was terminated.

Fuzzy on the project history? Let’s break it down:

  • 2019 | Google submits the original project proposal.
  • 2021 | City Council approves the Downtown West Project.
  • Feb. 2023 | Google nears the completion of its first demolition phase while reassessing the project’s timeline.
  • April 2023 | Google halts construction.
  • Feb. 2024 | Google releases plans to demolish the former OSH complex.

... And that brings us to now. In the meantime, we’ll keep our ears to the ground + keep you updated on future updates.

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