Internet search giant Google has announced that it will invest more than $1bn (£760m) to establish a new campus in Manhattan, New York City.
In a blog post, Google and Alphabet senior vice president and CFO Ruth Porat said that the Google Hudson Square development will have an area of more than 1.7 million ft².
The company has signed lease agreements for sites at 315 and 345 Hudson Street and a letter of intent for 550 Washington Street, she said.
Porat said: “When we came to New York City almost two decades ago, it was our first office outside of California. It’s now home to more than 7,000 employees, speaking 50 languages, working on a broad range of teams including Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube, Cloud, Technical Infrastructure, Sales, Partnerships and Research.”
She said that New York City continues to be a source of diverse, world-class talent, which brought Google to the city in 2000 and keeps the company there.
She said: “Earlier this year, we announced the $2.4 billion purchase of the Manhattan Chelsea Market and shared plans to lease additional space at Pier 57.
“We hope to start moving into the two Hudson Street buildings by 2020, followed by 550 Washington Street in 2022 once the building is complete.
“Google Hudson Square will be the primary location for our New York-based Global Business Organization.”
Porat said that the company believes that it has a responsibility to support the communities it calls home by supporting infrastructure and services.
She said: “We’ve been ardent supporters of iconic neighbourhood public resources such as the High Line and Hudson River Park, and partnered with the New York City Public Library System to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots to public school students and families without home internet access.
“We recently donated $1.5 million to support the Stonewall National Monument Preservation Project and joined forces with 19 local businesses to establish the Westside Community Fund.”
She said that the company will continue to deepen its commitments in STEM education, workforce development and access to technology.
The company will launch its ‘Grow with Google’ initiative, aimed at creating economic opportunities for all Americans, in New York City with a temporary digital skills learning centre on the ground floor of the office on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.
The programme will host free hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching and community events with local partners to provide New Yorkers with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy.
Porat said that the recent investments in Google Chelsea and Google Hudson Square will provide the capacity to more than double the number of Googlers in New York over the next 10 years.
She said: “Our investment in New York is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in US facilities, offices and jobs. In fact, we’re growing faster outside the Bay Area than within it, and this year opened new offices and data centers in locations like Detroit, Boulder, Los Angeles, Tennessee and Alabama.”
Image: Google office lawn. Photo: Courtesy of Google.