Feb 28, 2014
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The Google barge would have been a sight to see at the Port of Richmond, but reports say the vessel’s next home will be Stockton.

The multi-story barge, which is not yet fully built, gained fame last year after a CNET.com reporter spotted it docked at Treasure Island, leading to widespread speculation about its purpose. Google eventually stated the barge would be an “interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”

portofstocktonConstruction on the Google barge has been halted since October, however, because Google lacks the proper permits to build at Treasure Island.

Councilman Tom Butt pitched the idea of having the search giant dock the barge at the Port of Richmond, but said Friday he doesn’t believe city staffers were able to get a hold of Google.

That might be because the company has had its sights set on the Port of Stockton, a major inland deepwater port located 80 miles east of San Francisco, Butt said. The councilman said his sources confirm the barge is destined there.

An official for the Treasure Island Development Authority said the vessel could be moved there “as early as next week,” although Port of Stockton officials haven’t confirmed that possibility, CNET.com reported this week.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Mirian Saez, the development authority’s operations director, confirmed the company sub-leasing Pier One, Alameda’s Bay Ship & Yacht, “represented” to the authority that the barge would be towed to Stockton on or before March 7, weather permitting. But she had no other details of the move.

While the barge might have brought Richmond some positive attention, it might not be an easy move. To build at the Port of Richmond, Google would reportedly have to apply for the same construction permits that are lacking at Treasure Island. Such permits would take a minimum of 90 to 120 days to obtain.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.