Google expansion sparks turf war in the Hub


Boston and Cambridge are battling it out to be the site of Google’s(s goog) proposed expansion in the area.

Google wants to expand at or near its existing site in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, but hit bureaucratic roadblocks with the City Council, according to The Boston Herald.  

The Kendall Square area is densely populated, and the proposed Google expansion would impinge on an existing park.

That’s all it took for Boston officials, including Mayor Thomas Menino, to sweep in, pitching the city’s waterfront Innovation District as an ideal spot for the local Google office, which is will be split between engineering and sales functions. This area, also known as the Seaport District, has lots of free land — the bulk of it now is parking lots. Developer John Hynes III has contacted Google several times about relocating there, according to The Herald.  

The Boston-Cambridge corridor is eager to attract high-tech companies. So far, Kendall Square, close to MIT, has been the hotbed. Amazon(s amzn) is about to move into the Cambridge Innovation Center building, and Hewlett-Packard(s hpq) is setting up a big data center a few Red Line stops away, at Alewife.

Kendall Square is also home to  Microsoft’s(s msft) New England Research and Development (or NERD) center, as well as local IBM(s ibm), and Oracle(s orcl) operations. But Boston is aggressively courting biotech and high-tech companies to the nascent Innovation District near the harbor, where MassChallenge has already set up shop.

With the two cities scrapping for tax revenue and jobs, don’t expect the competition to ease up any time soon.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user soelin.

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