The San Jose Mercury News reports that Netflix is facing opposition against plans to build a new 5-story office in Los Gatos, where buildings are currently limited to 3 stories.
Netflix has literally grown up in Los Gatos. It was founded in 1997 and moved to University Avenue in 1999. The Winchester Circle complex opened in 2006. Last March, Netflix was named one of the "50 Most Admired Companies" by Fortune magazine.
Netflix is already occupying space at the Albright business park. But the plan to build five-story buildings, covering as much as 550,000 square feet, is controversial.
Los Gatos has a three-story building height limit, which is accepted as being 55 feet in height. The Penthouse Apartments on Main Street are 55 feet tall and the Toll House Hotel stands at 63 feet. The new Samaritan Cancer Center, which is in San Jose but on the Los Gatos border, is 79 feet tall. A five-story building would be approximately 85 feet tall.
Shenk and Netflix say the five-story buildings are needed to achieve organizational efficiencies. "That means there's an increase in the number of employees in a building," Shenk said. "So there are more employees who are able to join a group and achieve efficiencies."