SAN JOSE — A giant mixed-use growth on the japanese facet of downtown San Jose is headed for a doable makeover as a result of the federal government company slated to occupy the location would possibly wind up at one other location within the metropolis.
The Santa Clara County Housing Authority has been working towards a dramatic redevelopment of a vacant lot at 675 E. Santa Clara Avenue whereby the company can be the anchor workplace tenant — however now it’s doable the federal government entity will set up its most important workplaces elsewhere.
Whatever the Housing Authority’s resolution for its main location of the long run, a redevelopment of what’s now a blighted and vacant parcel is deemed to be a significant improve for the property.
“We hope our growth will enliven the neighborhood,” stated Katherine Harasz, govt director of the Santa Clara County Housing Authority. “It’s an space that’s been a grassy area for just a little too lengthy a time.”
Residences, workplaces, retail, a public plaza, and a county customer support operation can be the first makes use of for the mixed-use growth at 675 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose metropolis planning paperwork present.
“Our neighbors are able to see some exercise at this web site and we’re prepared to offer it,” Harasz stated.
A really preliminary proposal that’s been filed with the town planning division envisions 360 new residential items and 100,000 sq. ft of workplace area, together with ground-floor retail, a big public plaza, and a county service middle, based on the town planning paperwork.
The Housing Authority was anticipated to be the anchor of the workplace part within the proposed growth, which might entrance on East Santa Clara Avenue between North 14th Avenue and North 15th Avenue.
At current, the housing company occupies cramped quarters at 505 W. Julian St. in downtown San Jose close to the websites of two main anticipated developments, Google’s Downtown West transit village and the Platform 16 tech campus being constructed by Boston Properties.
The county company has now begun to scout for a location on North First Avenue in San Jose. Beneath one situation beneath lively evaluate, the housing group would buy the property.
Harasz didn’t wish to instantly disclose the North First Avenue web site as a result of the county Housing Authority is conducting due diligence.
Nonetheless, the websites of a lately closed McDonald’s restaurant at 2040 N. First St.and an adjoining E-Z eight Motel at 2050 N. First St. are believed to be up on the market.
If the Housing Authority proceeds with its North First Avenue choice, one situation for 675 E. Santa Clara can be a growth with 510 residences, a rise of 150 dwellings from the present preliminary plans of 360 domiciles.
“We’re on the lookout for some flexibility in case we undergo with the acquisition of an current constructing,” Harasz stated. She added, “It may very well be cheaper” to buy a constructing and re-purpose it for the Housing Authority.
The prospect of recent eventualities for the East Santa Clara Avenue property jolted one growth professional, Bob Staedler, principal govt with Silicon Valley Synergy, a land-use consultancy.
“It’s just a little disappointing that the Housing Authority hasn’t gotten this found out already,” Staedler stated.
Redevelopment of the East Santa Clare property is essential, Staedler opined.
“It’s a blighted space with vacant parcels,” Staedler stated. “One thing must occur on this web site.”