Plans have been approved for Moffett Park Specific Plan, a 1,270-acre industrial neighborhood set to become a new mixed-use district in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County. The rezoning of the waterfront area would result in around 20,000 homes and over ten million square feet of new commercial space with improvements to transit, walkability, and cycling.
Moffett Park is the northernmost neighborhood in Sunnyvale, which has grown in population by nine percent since 2010, with over 153,000 residents now. Much of the neighborhood is currently occupied by a few major tenants, including Lockheed Martin, Google, and offices leased by Jay Paul Company. The new specific plan will retain much of its commercial footprint, with construction to replace the smaller industrial buildings and surface parking.
The new plan also allows for ten million new square feet of office or research area, expanding on the 22 million square feet of office and research facilities existing or approved. Along with the housing and office space, 650,000 square feet of new retail could be built, and 200,000 square feet for institutional use. Most of the neighborhood will be rezoned to be 130 to 200 feet tall. The tallest sites on the eastern edge of the site, overlooking Baylands Park, could see buildings rising as high as 250 to 275 feet tall.
Within the Moffett Park area, YIMBY recently shared construction progress for Google Caribbean, two ziggurat-style landmark offices designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. Further inland, Google has also finished the mass timber offices at 1265 Borregas Avenue by Michael Green Architecture.
In the approval notice, the city acknowledges that the plan will have a significant environmental impact. Mitigation measures have been drafted to reduce this, with a mitigation and monitoring reporting plan adopted.