By Meghan Hall
The City of San José gave Bay Area-based developer Equus Partners the green light to begin an environmental impact report for the developer’s proposed 24-story residential tower located at the corner of Almaden Boulevard and Park Avenue in downtown San José.
The Cityview Plaza residential project would demolish the existing two-story building on the site, which was previously the Santa Clara County Superior Family Court and add 251 market-rate residential units and 4,800 square feet of ground floor commercial space to the already existing Cityview Plaza office campus. The current proposal would include 50 studios, 70 one-bedroom, 131-two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units. Two stories of below grade parking and eight stories of above grade parking would also be added, creating an additional 254 parking stalls for residents.
The original Cityview Plaza development, completed in 2008, consists of a mix of high-rise and mid-rise Class A office, retail and restaurant space spread across 11 acres. The complex is within close proximity to several notable San José venues, such as the Tech Museum of Innovation, San José State University, San José Museum of Art, the San José Convention Center and the SAP Center. Easy access to Interstates I-280, I-880, Highway 101 and numerous Caltrain and bus routes add a connectivity element to the 0.61-acre site and surrounding area.
Tech giant Adobe Systems recently bought 2.5 acres in San José, making good on its word to expand its downtown headquarters. The new site sits just across Almaden Boulevard from Cityview Plaza and is expected to bring an additional several thousand workers to the area when completed. Mountain View-based Google, which has also been eyeing property in downtown San José near the Diridon station, recently snapped up several properties north of Highway 237 near Alviso as part of its plans to expand into the South Bay city.
Should the City approve the proposal, the Cityview Plaza expansion could be one of the first residential projects to break ground in what is considered a commercial-heavy corridor of downtown San José.
“There are several proposed projects in downtown, and this proposed project is one of many to bring dense development to create a vibrant and robust downtown,” said Cassandra van der Zweep, a planner for the City of San José. “The City strives to have a mix of all residential, commercial, retail, offices and amenities for residents and visitors to the city’s center.”
According to van der Zweep, the city’s staff has not yet completed a review of the project and is unsure how long the permitting and approval process will take. “As with all projects, there are a multitude of challenges for conformance of the project with various departments, agencies and other stakeholders’ concerns and policies,” explained van der Zweep.
The project will be scheduled for a public hearing once the environmental impact report is complete.
Equus Partners did not return a request for comment.