By Meghan Hall
With its proximity to the tech industry in Silicon Valley and the vibrant atmosphere of San Francisco, San José is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Now the 10th largest city in the country, San José is continuing to develop with an array of new projects such as 750 West San Carlos Street.
750 West San Carlos Street, a mixed-use development located in San Jose near the Diridon Station Area, went before the City of San Jose Planning Commission in November 2017. According to Genevieve Singh, the public information manager for the City of San José, the project is nearing approval.
“The Planning Commission unanimously recommended that the City Council approve the project and the environmental determination and documents,” said Singh. The City Council is expected to review the project December 12, 2017 for final approval.
According to documents submitted to the city, 750 West San Carlos Street Residential Project was proposed by Walnut Creek-based Bay Area Property Developers. The project fulfills development criteria set out in the San José 2040 General Plan, a long-range plan for the development of San José. The goal of the General Plan is to facilitate economic growth and fiscal sustainability in San José. The project is also evaluated under the Diridon Station Area Plan, which analyzed the potential impact of developing almost 5,000,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space, over 400,000 square feet of retail space and 2,588 residential units.
The medium-density, mixed-use project intends to utilize existing transit systems in the area. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Diridon Station, a Light Rail Transit system, are located just adjacent to the site.
The site is located on the south side of West San Carlos Street and is within the HI Heavy Industrial Zoning District. The current property includes a two-story 8,170 square foot commercial building built prior to 1950 and several storage sheds. The building on the site is currently vacant.
The current commercial building on the site would be demolished and replaced with a 56-unit multi-family residential building on the 0.41-acre site. Nine of the units would be classified as low-income units and would be dispersed throughout the building. The remaining 47 units would be market rate. The new building is projected to be seven stories tall and would include two-stories of above grade parking and storage space. Floors three through seven would accommodate the residential units and common spaces.
The project plans also include numerous green building measures in order to be in compliance with the City of San José’s Green Building Ordinance. The building’s design includes recycled content building materials, water efficient landscaping and high-performance lighting.
The original proposal for 750 West San Carlos Street initially included 95 residential units and 2,735 square feet of retail and commercial space. However, the scale of the project was reduced. The modification completely eliminated the planned retail and commercial space and resulted in a net unit reduction of 39 residential units, bringing the total number of units to the 56.
The project also includes a second site at 777 and 815 West San Carlos Street. The western part of the site is designated as Urban Residential in the General Plan while the eastern is designated as Mixed-Use Commercial. The second portion of the project includes 2,990 square feet of ground-floor retail and commercial space. The 1.3-acre site would also include 149 residential units and will also be seven stories tall.
According to Singh, the next steps in the process are not yet finalized. Pending City Council approval, the project will begin the permitting process. No permit applications have been submitted for approval. Several permits are needed from the City of San José, such as a Planned Development Rezoning Permit, a Grading Permit and Public Works and Building Clearances.
Bay Area Property Developers did not respond to a request for comment.