But according to CNET, who first broke the story last Friday and The Verge, officials from Golden Gate National Recreation Area have had discussions with Google to move the four-storied structure from Treasure Island to Fort Mason the former Army post located west of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. A similar, mysterious barge also managed by Google, is currently docked in Portland, Maine.
Whether the barges are floating data centers suggested by CNET or a 250-foot “floating retail store for Google Glass, remains unclear and even the Coast Guard, inspecting the Treasure Island structure Wednesday isn’t saying much, although a statement was released today, citing the “obligation to protect sensitive proprietary information, as a company’s competitive posture and business interests depend on it.” However, The Day Connecticut obtained documents confirming Google is overseeing the massive project and revealing a plan to operate the barge in various ports, including New York Harbor.
Although rampant rumors behind the mysterious barge continue to filter through social media, work at the site appears to have stopped, despite the security presence near the entrance to the dock.
Update: Local CBS affiliate KPIX reported on the 11o'clock news Google's floating barge "will feature luxury showrooms and a party deck for the tech giant to market Google Glass and other gadgets to invitation-only clients".