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Google Hosting Meeting Saturday Over Venice Expansion Plans

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Google will host a public meeting at its Venice campus Saturday to discuss its expansion plans.

The meeting will be held at Google’s offices in the Frank Gehry-designed Binoculars Building at 340 Main Street from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Google has an interior remodel planned for the former Digital Domain space at 320 Hampton Drive.

The Internet search giant applied in January for a permit from the city planning department for the project that also will require permission from the California Coastal Commission.

The expansion project does not include the landmark Gold’s Gym, said Tom Williams, Google’s Los Angeles site director at the February 18 meeting of the Venice Neighborhood Council.

Google applied to add a 13,220-square-foot office mezzanine to the existing 68,573-square-foot office space at the site. It also planned to restripe the parking lot to add additional spaces and provide covered bicycle parking.

The occupancy will be about half of the workforce previously at the site, Williams said.

Google uses more common and reconfigurable space at its offices, hence the lower headcount, he explained.

Forty percent of Google’s employees take alternative forms of transportation such as office shuttles, bicycles, skateboards, walking and the bus to work, Williams said.

The interior remodeling will be held to the highest environmentally friendly green building standards, Williams said.

–Venice Dispatch

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