SAN JOSE — Microsoft, poised for expansion into north San Jose, has bought 65 acres of empty land along State Route 237 between Alviso and Milpitas, signaling that the site fits into its plans to widen its reach in cloud and internet technologies.
“We continuously explore opportunities to meet the needs of a future based on cloud computing and internet services, so we’re thrilled to find a great one in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, referring to Microsoft’s north San Jose land purchase.
The site is being planned as a light industrial center that would include a data center complex, according to planning documents on file with the city of San Jose.
The project is expected to bring hundreds of jobs into the north side of the city, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Friday.
“We welcome Microsoft’s substantial investment in San Jose, as it seeks to meet the world’s burgeoning demand for cloud capacity,” Mayor Liccardo said.
Two development options are on file with the city, which both would allow development of more than 1 million square feet on the site. The project is called “237 Industrial Center.”
One option would allow development of up to 1.2 million square feet of light industrial facilities. The other option would permit development of a data center totaling up to 437,000 square feet and as much as 728,000 square feet of light industrial facilities, the city documents show.
The sellers in the Sept. 27 transaction were a group of families affiliated with San Jose-based Cilker Orchards.
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