Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQ

Amazon has reviewed the proposals from potential candidate cities for its second North American headquarters location, and it found 20 of those the most promising.

The mayors of these top 20 cities will now fight to the death in a Battle Royale-style island arena… er wait, no actually they’ll just move on the next portion of Amazon’s submission phase, which includes further proposal evaluation and working directly with the candidate cities on getting more info.

Without further ado, here are the cities that made the cut – 20 out of a total of 238 original applicants.

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Apple announces second campus, promises to bring 20,000 jobs

Part of $350 billion U.S. investment, it may set off Amazon #HQ2-like scramble among cities

On the heels of the frenzied competition between cities for Amazon’s HQ2, Apple announced earlier todaythat it will also be building a second headquarters somewhere in the U.S.—setting off similar excitement among cities and local leaders.

According to a report in the Associated Press, Apple will be building a second headquarters over the next five years that will employ an estimated 20,000 workers, all part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The company plans to announce the location of the second headquarters by the end of the year.

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Presidio Terrace: South Bay couple sues to win back street

Jilted investors trying to crowdfund legal fees

Tina Lam and Michael Cheng, the South Bay couple who bought the privately owned Presidio Terrace street for a mere $90,100 in 2015 and then saw the legal sale overturned by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, are now suing the city in Superior Court to undo that decision.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross report that Lam and Cheng’s attorneys are arguing that the board overstepped its authority. The suit comes as no surprise, since Cheng telegraphed his intentions to sue by taking the unusual step of opening a GoFundMe page to finance the action.

According to Cheng’s “Presidio Terrace defense fund” campaign, he and Lam feel slighted and singled out by San Francisco lawmakers, particularly Supervisor Mark Farrell, whose district includes Presidio Terrace.

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Why Zillow says San Jose is the nation’s hottest housing market in 2018

Driven by quickly rising home prices and a tech job market that continues to draw more workers, the online real estate database Zillow has projected San Jose to be the nation’s hottest housing market in 2018 with San Francisco fifth in its top 10 list.

California, North Carolina and Texas each have two cities in Zillow’s top 10, which is based on a mix of six variables:

  • Its own home value and rent index forecasts for the year,
  • Income growth estimates,
  • Population growth,
  • Unemployment rates,
  • Job openings per person.
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Will 2018 Be Another Good Year For Silicon Valley Multifamily?

Silicon Valley’s multifamily market will continue to benefit from strong job growth that is propping up demand for housing as we enter 2018. The ongoing supply/demand imbalance throughout the region will continue to drive both ground-up development and renovation in old properties.

Silicon Valley is an ideal market for investment and redevelopment because the housing stock is 50 to 60 years old and can benefit from modernization, according to Calvera Partners Managing Principal Brian Chuck. Additionally, Silicon Valley offers good market dynamics, including a strong employment base with a highly educated workforce, barriers to entry and mass transit infrastructure, he said.

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Google Proposes One Million Square Foot Project in Sunnyvale for 4,500 Employees

The second half of 2017 brought some much-desired attention to San Jose, the self-proclaimed capital of Silicon Valley. It all started when Trammell Crow announced that its Diridon Station project was tied to Google, and the subsequent negotiations the Mountain View tech giant started with San Jose’s elders to expand even further in the city. A slew of activity emerged in the city from hotels to office buildings to apartment complexes trading hands and institutional investors really zeroing in on the opportunity this could bring. The 86-acre, 4 million square foot approval Apple received from the city of San Jose in 2016 was not even mentioned in the news—the excitement seemed to be all about Google.

Yet Google’s ambitions are much broader than just one city. In late December, Google initiated plans with the city of Sunnyvale for a roughly 1.042 million square foot office project on approximately 40.5 acres of land it owns in the Moffett Park district. The ten parcels that Google owns are bounded by Caribbean Drive, Mathilda Avenue, Bordeaux Drive and Borregas Avenue. There are thirteen single story buildings on the property today totaling 801,670 square feet, and they include a combination of warehouse, light manufacturing, R&D and office uses, according to a letter submitted to the city by Google’s Senior Director of Design and Construction, Joe Van Belleghem.

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Downtown Corporate Campuses are Expanding into the Suburbs

One of the most important development trends in recent years has been the push to redevelop, reenergize and revitalize downtown districts in cities and towns across the country. Aligned with a demographic wave (led by millennials, empty nesters and active seniors) displaying a renewed appreciation for and attraction to the live/work/play dynamism that dense, mixed-use urban centers can provide, developers have become more aggressive and more adept at transforming underutilized urban neighborhoods in vital and energized centers of commercial and social activity.

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Here are the Bay Area’s 10 biggest building sales of 2017

San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area saw another banner year for building sales in 2017. Giant foreign investors, pension funds and private equity firms bought towers in the heart of downtown San Francisco and more suburban areas for record prices.

The big deals weren’t just limited to tech offices and Oakland’s investment market remains hot.

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Silicon Valley’s largest commercial real estate leases of 2017 (so far)

So far, 2017 hasn’t been a feverish year for commercial real estate leasing, especially compared to busy 2015 and 2016, but analysts agree that it has been a good, stable year with plenty of important moves.

Among them are WeWork’s largest ever lease that just happens to be in a brand-new development in Mountain View. Meanwhile, Menlo Park-based social media giant Facebook is rapidly growing, inking multiple massive new leases in the area, and Amazon continued to spread its reach throughout the Valley with a renewed focus on the South Bay.

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California’s Cannabis Conundrum: Legalization Will Lead To Fewer Dispensaries, Not More

With legalization of recreational marijuana just around the corner in California, the state is about to embark on what could be a $5B industry and a boon for tax revenue. But state regulations have created high barriers to entry and many cities and counties have banned cannabis outright.

Legalization in California will not translate to an immediate influx of cannabis dispensaries. In fact, many dispensaries now in business will no longer be able to continue operations past Jan. 1. States like Colorado created a more open market with fewer regulations when it legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, leading to an explosion of cannabis businesses. California requires dispensaries to be at least 600 feet from schools, to close at 10 p.m. and to have 24-hour surveillance, among other regulations. Jurisdictions also have the right to be more restrictive.

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