SUBJECT: Agreement with Google for Acquisition and Development of Properties in the Diridon Station Area
Honorable Mayor Liccardo and Councilmembers:
On behalf of The silicon valley organization (The SVO), I am writing to encourage the Council to approve agenda item 4.1 along with the Memo authored by Mayor Sam Liccardo, Vice Mayor Carrasco, Councilmember Davis, Councilmember Peralez, and Councilmember Arenas.
The vision for Diridon Station has transcended decades. Elected leaders and those focused on transit oriented development have called Diridon Station the “Union Station” of the Bay Area, and rightfully so. The SVO believes that Diridon will become the premier multi-modal transit-hub of the Bay Area, injecting economic growth unlike anything we have previously seen. Once completed, investment at the scale of this proposal would catapult this vision into reality.
At the local level, this development will act as a bridge for the Alameda and Downtown core with the potential of driving job creation beyond its development footprint, creating not only new jobs within the scope of the project but well outside of it. This unique opportunity of scale for transformative change downtown is one that cannot be missed.
To no one’s surprise, Google is committed to engaging in a robust dialogue with the community about the planning of this project. The developer plans to implement a transparent community engagement process, which as mentioned in the memo from the Mayor, should include local residents, small businesses, and faith-based and local organizations.
The SVO is a strong advocate for job growth and economic development. This project will create thousands of new construction jobs in our community and permanent jobs for our residents once completed – new jobs that the City of San Jose so urgently wants and needs in order to address the current jobs to housing ratio imbalance.
For these reasons, we would respectfully ask that you approve agenda item 4.1 to allow the City Manager to negotiate and execute an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Google.