Google Announces New $1 Billion NYC Expansion
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Google Announces New $1 Billion NYC Expansion

On Monday, Google announced plans to expand its New York City campus. The $1 billion project will consist of two Hudson Street offices and a Washington Street location. In total, the Google Hudson Square will be over 1.7 million square feet.

The company has also planned expansion in Chelsea. Earlier this year, Google purchased Manhattan Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion.

“With these most recent investments in Google Chelsea and Google Hudson Square, we will have the capacity to more than double the number of Googlers in New York over the next 10 years,” Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in a blog post.

Google’s current New York City office houses more than 7,000 employees that work on the Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube, Cloud, Technical Infrastructure, Sales, Partnerships and Research teams.

“We believe that as our company grows, we have a responsibility to support the communities we call home,” Porat said.  “That means supporting the infrastructure and services that make our neighborhoods unique places to work, live and play.”

Google helps provide free wifi to public school students and families who do not have access to the internet at home in partnership with the New York City Public Library System. The company also funded MotherCoders NYC, houses participants in Black Girls Code and hosted Cornell Tech.

Amazon previously announced one of its second headquarters will be located in Long Island City, Queens. Google has been in New York City since 2000, but its expansion–along with other tech firms migrating to the region–highlights the growing tech market in the city.

A 2017 report by the Office of the New York State Comptroller said that New York City’s tech sector has grown three times faster than any other private sector from 2010 to 2016, with employment increasing 57 percent.

Google’s announcement also comes days after Apple announced it $1 billion expansion in Austin.

Google has also built offices in Detroit, Boulder, Los Angeles, Tennessee, and Alabama this year. The two Hudson Street buildings and the 550 Washington Street locations are expected to be completed 2020 and 2022, respectively.