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By Nathan donato-weinstein
July 13, 2016
Putting aside years of fierce competition for scarce real estate in Mountain View, Google Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. have struck a “grand bargain” that redraws the map for each company’s presence in Silicon Valley, ending a stalemate that frustrated their development plans.
Executives say the blockbuster property swap — involving 1 million square feet of existing buildings, including LinkedIn's current headquarters, and 2.4 million square feet of future development capacity — benefits both sides: It will give Google control over critical puzzle pieces in North Bayshore, providing a path forward for the search giant’s futuristic vision there as LinkedIn departs the Google-heavy North Bayshore business district. At the same time, LinkedIn will gain property — elsewhere in Mountain View and in Sunnyvale — that allows it to build out a cohesive corporate campus years earlier than anticipated under previous plans for a costly planned mixed-use headquarters called Shoreline Commons.
“We spent a lot of time and energy on Shoreline Commons, but it was complicated by one single fact: That it was going to take five to six years to build,” said Jim Morgensen, LinkedIn’s vice president for workplace, in an interview on Monday. “And that’s a long time for a tech company to have multiple, split campuses.”
The deal is a remarkable sign of collaboration for two business rivals that have butted heads for years when it comes to real estate. The dollar value of the swap wasn't immediately available, but LinkedIn executives said neither side is paying "a premium," without giving further details.
Under terms of the transaction, Google and LinkedIn will exchange several leased and owned pieces of property:
Original article posted on: bizjournals.com
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