At long last Google is preparing to move into its new Southern California offices at the Spruce Goose hangar in Playa Vista.

According to the official Playa Vista website, the Mountain View-based tech giant will begin occupying the former aircraft hangar this coming Fall, following several years of construction.  Crews are currently putting the finishing touches on a three-story streel-frame structure within the interior of the cavernous structure, creating 300,000 square feet of offices.  New skylights and windows have also been carved into the building's exterior.

The project is being designed by ZGF Architects, although renderings have not been released for the completed product.

The Spruce Goose hangar, named for the iconic aircraft built there by Howards Hughes in the 1940s, has found itself at the epicenter of the Southern California tech industry, with a number of blue-chip firms occupying nearby buildings.  Many set up shop in the neighborhood following Google's purchase of 12 acres of adjoining property, which boasts entitlements for more than 900,000 square feet of office space.

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Mixed-Use Development Planned Near Laguna Niguel Metrolink Station

The project is part of the city's Gateway District.

The Laguna Niguel Planning Commission has approved a mixed-use development near the city's Metrolink Station.  The joint venture between Blackwood Real Estate and Walbern, located near the intersection of Crown Valley Parkway and Forbes Road, will consist of 100 two- and three-bedroom apartments in a seven-story building.  Plans also call for 2,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space, as well as a pool courtyard, a fitness center, a private garden, and a sky deck.