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LinkedIn gets most of the Bonus FAR real estate capacity in Mountain View's North Bayshore


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How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless planning commission!

How did LinkedIn get most of what it wants while Google got almost nothing it wants?

I'll tell you what the next move is. Google buys LinkedIn.

The question now: What does Google do next?

The city council handed LinkedIn about 1.4 million square feet, the lion’s share of roughly 2.2 million square feet of available commercial square footage for the area. Google came away with 515,000 square feet — enough for just one piece of its futuristic four-part campus expansion.

“To have one building — it’s a significant blow,” David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate and workplace services for Google, told the council before the vote. Google representatives declined to talk to me after the meeting.

The outcome is clearly a huge disappointment for Google, which had requested essentially all of the available office space in February under a new city land-use plan that saw way more demand than supply. While no one expected Google to get all of its request, the relatively small allocation clearly stung the search giant, and a visibly upset Radcliffe openly questioned the reduced project’s feasibility.

“I’m not sure how I make any of this economically viable with one building,” he said to the council.

LinkedIn, which has long struggled to grow in Mountain View amid its larger rival, was thrilled with the decision. The company had requested about 1.6 million square feet for a mixed-use project that is slated to include six office buildings, a new theater, health club and a retail street. The council's decision sliced off just 12 percent of LinkedIn's request, compared to about 78 percent of Google's.

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