Google plans Seattle office expansion next to Amazon

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SEATTLE (AP) — Google is planning a move from the Fremont area of Seattle to four new buildings next to Amazon.

Vulcan Inc. said in a news release they’ll develop the project in South Lake Union with ecofriendly buildings and landscaped open space along Mercer Street near Interstate 5.

Vulcan says Google will occupy 607,000 square feet of office space. Vulcan plans to develop about 14,000 square feet of additional retail space on the ground floor with parking below.

Google officials say they need more space than what they have in Fremont.

Officials say construction on the six-story buildings will begin in 2017. They estimate they’ll finish construction in 2019.

Vulcan says it will also build two residential towers up to nine stories tall with 151 units of market-rate rental apartments in that area.