Google acquires large office space in downtown Austin

AUSTIN -- Google Inc. confirmed Friday that it is establishing a major presence in downtown Austin, taking some 200,000 square feet of a new office tower under construction at a site that once housed the Green Water Treatment Plant, according to KVUE partners at the Austin American-Statesman.

Gerardo Interiano, public affairs and government relations manager for California-based Google, confirmed the lease in a written statement Friday.

"Since 2007, hundreds of Googlers have lived and worked in Austin, enjoying all the city has to offer from our trails to our festivals, to countless breakfast tacos," Interiano said in the written statement, issued through Austin-based Elizabeth Christian Public Relations. "As a result of our recent growth, we are excited to share that Google Austin has signed a lease for over 200,000 square feet at the new Green Water Treatment Plant redevelopment at 500 West 2nd Street."

Google did not say if the lease indicates plans to increase its employee numbers in Austin. The company has declined to release its current Austin headcount. Worldwide, the company has more than 50,000 employees.

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