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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/


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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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Old Posted Jul 18, 2019, 4:33 PM
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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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Old Posted Jul 18, 2019, 8:26 PM
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https://sanjosespotlight.com/google-...ng-commitment/

Google has committed to building a significant amount of housing in San Jose.
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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.
Google can re-zone?
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Old Posted Jul 18, 2019, 8:37 PM
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2019, 4:58 PM
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Google can re-zone?
LOL, right. The completely skip on the idea that Google will have to basically persuade all 3 cities to allow housing in those areas, I think it has already happened in MV. So there is SV and SJ, SJ is a pushover when it comes to land use, I don't know about SV, but the entire area north of 101 and north of 237 is all office parks and it sucks trying to get in and out.
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Old Posted Jul 24, 2019, 10:57 PM
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Sobrato updates

http://www.marketstreettowers.com/

https://sanjosespotlight.com/sobrato...-office-tower/

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Sobrato unveils new plans for big downtown San Jose office tower

The Sobrato Organization has submitted a formal application to San Jose to remake a prime downtown parking lot in the heart of the city into a glassy new tower geared toward tech tenants.

Market Street Towers, a proposed 19-story tower that appears from the outside to be four separate towers of varying heights, is expected to rise on a 1.5-acre lot at the northeast corner of South Market and West San Carlos streets, a site known colloquially as Block 8.

“There’s iconic architecture in the design,” Chase Lyman, vice president of leasing and acquisitions at Sobrato, said in an interview Tuesday. “The building naturally, gradually twists as you move up the elevation and I think it will redefine and be the prominent building in the downtown skyline.”

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Sobrato going into their office plans for Block 8:





As well as block 2!:





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Old Posted Aug 4, 2019, 11:27 PM
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Silvery Towers:







The Paseo by Modera near San Pedro:


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I forgot the name of this project behind Target near downtown?

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Old Posted Aug 7, 2019, 12:52 AM
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https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/...s-planned/amp/

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Downtown San Jose gas station is bought, hundreds of homes planned

SAN JOSE — A gas station at a prominent downtown San Jose corner has been bought by an increasingly busy development company that plans to construct a housing tower with hundreds of residential units.

Urban Catalyst has bought the site now occupied by a Chevron gas station at Santa Clara and Fourth streets — one of the few fuel stations in downtown San Jose — and says it is planning a mixed-use residential and retail development on the key street corner.

“We are going to do high-rise residential with quality retail on the ground floor,” said Erik Hayden, founder and managing partner with Urban Catalyst.

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https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/...als-broad.html

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Urban Catalyst buys gas station site, reveals broad vision for San Jose development

Urban Catalyst, an Opportunity Zone fund focused on downtown San Jose, has purchased one of the last remaining gas stations in downtown and plans to build a mixed-use residential tower in its place. The acquisition is the third of a projected 10-property blueprint Urban Catalyst has for San Jose, a vision that a firm partner detailed to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

"The goal is to create an ecosystem" downtown, said Urban Catalyst partner Joshua Burroughs. Already, the company has two developments in the works — the Fountain Alley building next to the Bank of Italy, which is intended for offices, and a project called The Keystone, which will be a 170-room business hotel near the SAP Center and Google's planned development near Diridon Station.

Its latest acquisition is at 147 E. Santa Clara Street, where a Chevron station now sits. The lot is across the street from the Miro, a high-rise residential development that's under construction, and is a few steps away from San Jose City Hall. Urban Catalyst spent $15.9 million for the property, which has been a gas station for 50 years.

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Old Posted Aug 10, 2019, 9:38 PM
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Old Posted Aug 12, 2019, 2:28 PM
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Here's the latest rendering for the JapanTown Corp Yard Residential Project from today's SVBJ. https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/...ects-svbj.html

This rendering looks nothing like the previous renderings for this project as shown here: https://jtownsj.wordpress.com/ or here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/...ogle-downtown/

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Old Posted Aug 17, 2019, 6:29 AM
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Hotels on North 1st St/Brokaw:





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Old Posted Aug 17, 2019, 7:21 PM
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that's handsome. I remember walking by that lot a couple years ago and wondering what was going on with it
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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 11:35 PM
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https://sanjosespotlight.com/google-...-station-area/

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Google unveils framework for San Jose Diridon Station area

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The Mountain View-based tech giant’s plans didn’t include detailed renderings or building heights, but did outline a breakdown of the approximately 6 million- to 8 million-square-foot development the company has been alluding to for the past two years, marking some of the most detailed plans shown publicly to date.

That breakdown shakes out to about 6.5 million square feet of office space, between 3,000 and 5,000 residential units, 500,000 square feet of retail, cultural, arts, education, hotel and other “active uses.” The Diridon area would also include about 15 acres of parks and green space.

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Google will submit its formal application for the mixed-use plan to the city in October, which will kick-start the formal review process for the city, including creating a development agreement and community benefits plan.

The formal process is set to extend through most of 2020 and the San Jose City Council is expected to vote on the project by fall of next year.

That timeline is especially critical because Google has told city leaders it intends to use a 2011 law known as AB 900, which helps streamline large projects that meet specific requirements. But in order for Google to utilize the program, the governor must approve the project’s eligibility by Jan. 1, 2020 and the city would need to vote on the project by Jan. 1 2021.

To qualify for the AB 900 program, the Google project will need to meet a list of requirements, including represent at least $100 million in investment, generate no net new greenhouse gas emissions and create both construction and high-wage, highly skilled jobs.

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It is great that they are going to build the campus all walking distance to Diridon, which is set to become the Grand Central of the West with BART, ACE, Capitol Corridor, Caltrain, and VTA light rail which are all set to expand. And building housing will help with commuting, but with the Sharks basically suing anyone that builds around there to get more parking, I doubt the will be able to "generate no net new greenhouse gas emissions" What are they going to do, more parking = more cars, more cars = more new greenhouse gas emissions. Are they really going to put no new parking, or force only electric cars, and what about use after hours?

Anyway this will likely put pressure on the city to come up with their own SB-827 style rezoning to get all those transit nodes ready to be commute from points to Google. (Though ideally Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale could get with the program and upzone near their Caltrain too)
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That Urban Catalyst proposal looks great. Some really nice designs coming up for San Jose!
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I created a video of WeWork's Backyard project in downtown San Jose for those who are interested! (Skip to 1:17 for the highlights)

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https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/09/...n-as-possible/

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Google would like to launch a proposed transit village in downtown San Jose as soon as possible, yet the search giant and city leaders are well aware that an intricate path must be navigated before that can happen, officials said.

The enthusiasm for the Google transit village, tempered by the sober realities of what cities typically require for a major development, emerged during a meeting at Backyard San Jose organized by SPUR, a nonprofit civic planning organization. The theme of the SPUR meeting Thursday evening: the changing landscape of San Jose.

“We would like to be in the ground as soon as possible,” Ricardo Benavidez, manager of community development with Google, said during the meeting. “But there is a process.”

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Before the reporting indicated they would wait for BART to come to Diridon before opening any offices downtown, now it sounds like they may have a more aggressive timeline.
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Silvery Towers | 20FL and 22FL | 64M and 70M / (210ft and 228ft)




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643 units in two condo towers right by San Pedro Square, this lot is practically kitty corner to Centerra.

Progress as of Apr 29, 2017:








Looks like they are starting work on the 12th floor, which I believe leaves 10 floors including the 12 to go.
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