Industrial buildings along West St. John Street in downtown San Jose near
the SAP Center. San Jose is looking at a plan for the city to collect
several properties near the corner of West St. John and north Autumn
streets, including these buildings near SAP Center, that could eventually
become a site for an office complex.

George Avalos / Bay Area News Group

San Jose council agrees to buy land near Google project amid resident concerns

SAN JOSE — City leaders Tuesday agreed to buy six pieces of land near Google’s proposed tech village for parking and road improvements despite concerns from some residents that taxpayer dollars are being spent to subsidize the tech giant’s private development.

Mayor Sam Liccardo stressed that the land acquisitions approved Tuesday will support improvements that were planned for decades — with or without Google’s proposed tech campus. Liccardo also said the money pegged for the land buys — about $15 million total — was allocated years ago and that $4 million came from Trammell Crow, Google’s development partner.

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