By Jacob Bourne
Near Downtown San Jose a nearly half-acre parcel at 267 Delmas Avenue is planned for a small mixed-use development with 36 residential units and 1,600 square feet of retail. The site is on the corner of West San Carlos Street and Delmas Avenue and surrounded by a vacant lot, empty office building, auto mechanic shop, storage facility and a single family home. It’s also right off the Guadalupe Freeway, in close proximity to several parks, museums and theaters and is less than a mile from the San Jose Diridon Light Rail Station.
The property is owned by Santa Clara Development, an affiliate of developer Robson Homes, locally based in San Jose. Salvatore Caruso Design Corporation is serving as the architect for this project. According to Kieulan Pham, environmental project manager for the city, it received approval from the Planning Director on June 29,a and two existing dilapidated structures on the lot are ready for demolition.[contextly_sidebar id=”7BDt9HZcqZWvxoKRMFDtSXKEvxeK5E5m”]The five-story development will be a mix of 25 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom market-rate units featuring 570 square feet of indoor common space, 3,600 square feet of outdoor terraces and walkways with tree and shrub installations. Twenty-four of the units will be equipped with private balconies and the second and fifth floors will provide common terrace areas. The retail space will be located on the first floor facing the West San Carlos and Delmas Avenue intersection. Also on the first floor will be the building’s lobby as well as a 40 parking space garage with 26 single and 14 tandem stalls. Nine bike stalls and six spots for motorcycles are also included in the plans. The building will reach about 73 feet with a contemporary-styled Delmas Avenue-facing facade with mature trees and shrubs set-back 12 feet from the curb.
Architecturally it promises to be unique compared to other downtown developments, featuring many vertical breaks and variations in the external massing.
“The building has an interactive nature that responds to its location in downtown San Jose,” commented architect Salvatore Caruso. “Its form accentuates the corner element and articulates its volumes inward, outward and up and down to appear in motion to the pedestrian.”
Incidentally, the vacant office building adjacent to 267 Delmas is also up for demolition and development by Robson Homes and design by Caruso. That project will be mixed-use though significantly larger with 122 residential units and 1,090 square feet of retail.
In 2015 zoning was changed from Light Industrial to Downtown Primary Commercial allowing the project to move forward in the planning process. A Special Use Permit was required by the developer to allow for condos and commercial entities in the same building. City ordinances allow for a wide variety of retail establishments such as cafes, banks and bike shops for this type of development. The rezoning enables a combination of commercial and residential uses that are consistent with the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan. The project itself is located within the Diridon Station Area Plan adopted in 2014 to set a framework for development in the area given plans for BART expansion and creation of High Speed Rail through San Jose.