Google Inc may soon arrive at San Francisco. According to a report, the giant technology firm is currently eyeing a property that may possibly be its next office site. The property is reportedly located within the trendy Mission District of the city.
Sources said that the possible move to San Francisco would be part of a bigger plan of the company to recruit more engineers from the Silicon Valley. Google would reportedly take over a building that used to be a prints-works facility. That edifice may come with a total land area of about 35,000 square feet.
However, some observers think that the reported location of the new site would be a step down in comparison to its current headquarters in Mountain View. The San Francisco property is at 298 Alabama Street. It is actually about 50 years old. It used to house Howard Quinn newspaper as well as catalog printer, which closed shop in 2012, ironically due to intense competition from modern tech conglomerates like Google.
In a reported published in the Financial Times, the 1920s building is said to be a zoned one for manufacturing. It added that the structure could possibly be used as another facility for gadget designers and makers who develop and create new devices for the company. There is another possibility that it could house new divisions of Google like wearable technology, robotics, and/or ‘Internet of things.’
The company is yet to make any confirmation about the imminent move to San Francisco. A spokeswoman for the company recently declined to make any comment on such speculations. But some observers note that if the report is accurate, it would be a welcome note for the company.
This report came several days following the decision of Google to end its 30-day water taxi pilot program. That initiative provides shuttle to employees to take them to San Francisco and Alameda from the current headquarters.
The ferry has been eyed as a good alternative for transportation within California’s highly congested highways as well as overcrowded bus routes. The water mode of transportation is also eyed to help curtail protests from critics who dislike the idea of Google and other technology firms in the area using public bus stops and terminals as drop off and picking points for their own private shuttle buses. The ferry program is also being tested by Facebook.