Google grabs Binoculars Building in Venice, will Santa Monica lose?

Over the past week, Google has announced their leasing of the famous “Binoculars Building” in Venice, California (real estate promo site) and their plans to hire roughly 6,000 new employees in the U.S., making 2011 Google’s “biggest hiring year in company history,” according to the tech giant’s senior director of engineering, Thomas Williams.

The new digs, located at 340 Main Street, consist of three buildings totaling 100,000 square feet. One of them was designed by Frank Gehry and the property is home to an enormous pair of Binoculars made by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The offices are walking distance from the beach, as are Google’s Santa Monica offices, the employees of which have brought prosperity to a number of businesses in their surrounding area. There is some concern that Google might pull out of Santa Monica and centralize Southern California operations at the new Venice facility.

Google has not commented on any potential effects the opening of the Venice facility might have on their Santa monica operations.

Via The Santa Monica Daily Press and L.A. Weekly

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