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3:35 PM -- Silicon Valley denizens: What's that building, the black glass one across Zanker Road from Altera Corp. (Nasdaq: ALTR)?

Whatever it is, it's goin' down.

I post this not for news value, but because of the same instinct that makes three-year-olds stare at videos of construction sites for hours. I was driving by, and even with a deadline looming on a Cisco story, I stopped for a look.

I couldn't recall if anything notable was in that building before, so I figured I'd crowdsource an answer. Anybody?

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

sgabriel 12/5/2012 | 4:20:58 PM
re: Teardown

I believe it was formerly owned by Sony.  It's been vacant for some time now.  Not sure why they're tearing it down or what's going in there. Hopefully a nice big park, but most likely it will be a huge WalMart.

acohn 12/5/2012 | 4:20:56 PM
re: Teardown

This area is slated for high density housing.  It's pretty popular these days to tear down older commercial properties for housing.


Overall plan here:
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/nsj/


Boundry map here:
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/planning/nsj/maps/areamap.htm

mukeshlulla 12/5/2012 | 4:20:54 PM
re: Teardown

Yep - pretty sure it used to be the old Sony building.....


 


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Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:54 PM
re: Teardown

Thanks, acohn.  More housing, wow. Wonder what the residential vacancy rate is around there.


I guess the office spaces around North First are pretty well populated, but as you drive around the older parts of town, like the little streets next to Central Expressway, there sure have been a lot of empty buildings, even as the Web 2.0 boom was booming.  A lot of the new jobs seem to be getting created overseas or in hipster SF areas.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:54 PM
re: Teardown

Sony sounds familiar.  I'd buy that.

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