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Old Posted Jun 25, 2019, 4:40 AM
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San Jose height limit?

Why are the buildings so squat in downtown San Jose? Is there a height limitation?

I know there’s an airport nearby, but San Diego has an airport close to its downtown, and the buildings are taller than San Jose’s.
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Old Posted Jun 25, 2019, 7:37 AM
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Why are the buildings so squat in downtown San Jose? Is there a height limitation?

I know there’s an airport nearby, but San Diego has an airport close to its downtown, and the buildings are taller than San Jose’s.
Yes there are, look at the last post of the first page for more information.
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Old Posted Jun 27, 2019, 7:03 AM
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Berryessa
https://www.citylab.com/equity/2019/...opment/591991/


https://www.relatedsantaclara.com/about/
I have to admit it is an improvement over the first plan:

https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/...nies-huge.html

I hate to spoil it for you, but very few people use light rail, VTA has a farebox recovery rate of 9%, one major issue is that average speed for VTA is something like 14mph, and even in the worst traffic South Bay traffic is at 15mph average. When you add the parking garage is usually adjacent, while the station is not, you have this problem. Either way you have to look at the map, only one office building is made convenient to transit, all the other ones are towards the back/sides of the development a significant and unfriendly walk from the station (note the Related didn't even bother highlighting the stations this time, you have to cross reference the current map), the ACE/Capitol Corridor station that is the only one adjacent to the development (light rail is adjacent to the "future residential" and further down by the convention center) and it only gets 3 ACE trains in the morning and evening, and a few more Capitol Corridor. Those are nowhere near BART or Caltrain like service, and VTA which is about to go on strike is really lacking here (honestly their stops are way too close for a low density area like the north part of Sunnyvale, SC & SJ, they need to come up with ways to reach the 55mph top speed that it never does north of downtown).
thanks for the links and perspective, cardinal2007. I understand better what you mean.

also re-dug-up this for Berryessa

it does look like Berryessa has more going for it. fairly encouraging!


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Old Posted Jun 27, 2019, 9:52 PM
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thanks for the links and perspective, cardinal2007. I understand better what you mean.

also re-dug-up this for Berryessa

it does look like Berryessa has more going for it. fairly encouraging!

Thanks for the link, I am still hoping they will have more of a model similar to Reston Town Center https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reston_Town_Center which has more of a strict grid within its confines, as well as parking more relegated to the edges of the development (I do think they could've done better with the garages though, 1st level retail?). But the main thing is that they built out over 20 years as demand built up, not having to just lay down whatever density made sense in 1988, and leave it at that.
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https://sanjosespotlight.com/google-...ng-commitment/

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Google pairs up with developer on Bay Area housing commitment

Mere weeks after Google unveiled a $1 billion commitment to help spur new housing development and preserve existing affordable homes in the Bay Area, the tech titan has partnered with a real estate developer to bring some of that housing to fruition.

Sydney, Australia-based Lendlease Corp. has made a formal agreement with Google to help build up to 15 million square feet of new residential, retail, hotel and other community space over the next 10 to 15 years. Google last month announced it would rezone $750 million worth of land in the Bay Area from land where only commercial and office spaces can rise, to places where residential development could be built.

“This joint agreement between Google and Lendlease will help address the need for new housing in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Denis Hickey, chief executive officer of Americas at Lendlease, said in a statement Wednesday. “We’re eager to contribute our world-class approach to creating unique urban communities, and we are focused on delivering outstanding places that redefine how people choose to live, work, connect and contribute to creating an active community.”

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Google has committed to building a significant amount of housing in San Jose.
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