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Google’s gigantic San Jose campus is on hold

A mixed use space with people milling about the greens, next to office buildings and the San Jose Water Company’s historic building.
The real historic water building faces the Guadalupe River; an artist took some liberties. | Image: Google

Google has been gobbling up bigger and bigger patches of Silicon Valley for as long as we’ve reported on the company, but it may be pulling back from its biggest development yet — after razing small parts of San Jose to the ground.

CNBC reports that following the first demolition phase, Google has halted construction on its “Downtown West” campus, which was slated to turn 80 acres of downtown San Jose, California into 7.3 million square feet of offices, 4,000 housing units, 50,000 square feet of retail and cultural space, and 15 acres of parks. The city believed the project could reach a value of $19 billion and offer 20,000 jobs after more than a decade of work.

Google isn’t denying the report, with spokesperson Bailey Tomson providing…

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