By Meghan Hall
Developer KT Urban has cleared its last major hurdle as it pursues development in downtown Cupertino. At a City Council meeting this week, public officials formally approved revisions to Westport Cupertino, a 259-unit housing project. The approvals came after several rounds of revisions and modifications, and with both the approvals in hand and the property’s recent acquisition completed, KT Urban can immediately move forward with construction.
Located at 21267 Stevens Creek Boulevard, the project would replace a 71,250 square foot retail center known as “The Oaks.” The building was originally constructed in 1976, according to public records, and in all, the shopping center includes eight retail units. The buildings sit on an 8.1-acre site. KT Urban closed on a deal to sell the property just before the New Year. The property was acquired by Varde Partners for $71.4 million.
The project’s plans have been revised a couple of times over the course of the entitlements process. The original iteration of the project included 267 total units, with 88 town or row homes, 140 senior apartments, 27 memory care rooms and 39 below-market rate units.
Under the new and most recent plans approved by the council, 259 units will be included in the project. 48 will be senior, below-market rate units. There will also be 123 senior assisted living units, 70 townhome condominiums, 18 row house condominiums and 35 memory care rooms. The size of the units were also revised to provide more room for residents. Resident amenities will include an onsite library, theater, roof deck and terrace. Medical offices and exercise rooms will also be accessible to residents.
“The City Council is pleased not only to have approved this project, but to have led the community in conversation with the applicant which has once again resulted in revisions that make the project better for our community and region,” said Cupertino Mayor Darcy Paul in a statement.
The updated plans, designed by C2K Architecture, also included modifications to the architecture to improve connectivity to the surrounding community, as well as updates to the amount of retail and parking provided. In all, retail amenities will total nearly 20,000 square feet.
“The project is modeled according to the principles of a mixed-use village and focused on creating strong synergies between the housing, retail, parking and recreational components,” states C2K Architecture’s website. “Westport Cupertino is designed in the California Mission style to create a cohesive sense of place for the entire project and be compatible with neighboring architecture.”
The project site is in an active part of time, not far from the California History Center, A. Robert Dehart Library and Memorial Park Amphitheater. Located just off of State Route 85, Apple’s Infinite Loop campus is just minutes away, as are other major tech employers.
The new plans were approved unanimously by the Cupertino City Council just before Christmas. While build-out for the project is unclear, KT Urban will be able to move forward with the project’s construction as soon as they wish.
KT Urban has been active in the Bay Area for a number of years. Its projects include Axis Tower, a 22-story commercial office building delivered to downtown San Jose in 2008, and Silvery Towers, 643 luxury condominiums also located in downtown San Jose.
The firm has been developing Bay Area real estate for three generations, according to its website, beginning with Tersini Construction more than 70 years ago. The firm focuses on forming strategic partnerships in order to bring its projects to life throughout Silicon Valley.