SAN JOSE — Microsoft, in an unanticipated transfer, has acquired a huge chunk of north San Jose land that is section of a website wherever a significant blended-use village has been proposed.

The tech titan bought about 21 acres near the corner of Orchard Parkway and Component Generate, in accordance to assets records filed on Might 4.

Microsoft paid $78.7 million for 21.25 acres that contain vacant land and some properties, the county documents clearly show.

This offer is not the first time Microsoft has acquired a big swath of land in north San Jose.

In 2017, Microsoft paid $73.2 million for 65 acres in the vicinity of Alviso together the north aspect of Condition Route 237 concerning Zanker Road and the banking companies of the Coyote River. Microsoft wished the land to construct a information heart to bolster its cloud products and services small business.

The obtain of the land in the Alviso area in 2017 labored out to about $1.13 million an acre.

In the most latest Microsoft deal in north San Jose, the selling price performs out to about $3.7 million an acre.

Washington Point out-based Microsoft is eyeing a info middle at the freshly purchased web page, according to commercial property industry experts familiar with the company’s designs. Microsoft declined to comment about what may possibly be in the works at the Orchard Parkway residence.

LBA Realty offered the north San Jose land to Microsoft, the county files display.

The Microsoft-acquired land is subsequent to the initially stage of a web page at the corner of West Trimble Highway and Orchard Parkway wherever LBA Realty has proposed a combined-use village of offices, lodge rooms, and retail takes advantage of.

Some uncertainty has arisen in excess of these forms of jobs in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus, having said that.

The onset of the fatal bug has chased away business and leisure tourists, which has, in flip, gutted the lodge sector.

Tech organizations exited a lot of of their workplaces and are only slowly returning to their workplaces, which has lifted questions about just how considerably workplace house they would want in the upcoming.

In the wake of the sale of the land to Microsoft, LBA Realty retained an adjacent web-site which is authorized for the development of the first period of the company’s village.

LBA’s latest proposal to the metropolis of San Jose referred to as for a growth of 1.28 million square ft, which would take place on the site that the veteran developer still owns.