By Marielle Mondon.
Whether critics are bemoaning Google buses or pointing to the lack of women and people of color working in high-paying Silicon Valley jobs or worrying about thehousing shortage in the San Francisco region, Bay Area tech giants are often in the line of protestors’ fire.
But Google has recently made a notable move regarding affordable housing.
The Internet search company is proposing a community benefits package valued at $200 million attached to its new business campus in Mountain View. The CBA line itemsinclude new greenspace, a bike-pedestrian path, scholarship funds for high-school students — and building affordable housing units.
“Google would build new affordable units on a site it owns at 800 E. Middlefield Road,” reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Up to 400 housing units, targeted toward low-income and median-income households, could be built in the area, depending on how much building allotment Google is granted. (The location would be 4.5 acres of land that Google purchased last year for $98.1 million, and is outside of North Bayshore, bordering Sunnyvale.)