Following a public review period held over seven weeks this summer, the City of San Jose has responded to a proposal by Foster City-based real estate management and development firm SteelWave to build its latest phase of the America Center office, research and development and retail space in north San Jose.
The city’s Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report was released in mid-November. The developer initially submitted its application for the proposal in late 2015 and a community meeting was held the following year.
“The Planning Commission and City Council hearings have not been scheduled yet for this project but are anticipated in January or February 2018,” said David Keyon, the Planning Commission’s supervising planner-environmental review.
There is no estimated date set for ground breaking on the Phase III development, a project that would cover about five acres.
America Center’s total 70.5-acre campus is located just north of Highway 237 at the end of Great America Parkway within the Alviso Master Plan area. In addition to Class A office space, the development abuts an open space preserve.
The project is bounded by the Guadalupe River/Alivso Slough channel to the north, the Union Pacific railroad tracks to the east, the America Center open space preserve to the west and an earlier phase of the America Center Development—including office buildings and a hotel—to the south.
SteelWave has been working with LRG Architecture, BKF Engineers and landscape architect Carducci & Associates Inc. during the planning process.
Phase III, the subject of the current review, would contain the fifth and final office building covering 192,3500 square feet, plus an expanded, 332,150-square-foot parking structure. bringing the size of the full campus to 1.1 million square feet. The building would reach 90 feet in height and utilize an expanded, 238-space parking garage to be shared with the other America Center buildings.
In its Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, the city outlined several requirements including:
• The proposed office buildings would be required to obtain, at a minimum, LEED-Silver certification. In addition, the project must create a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program to reduce vehicle trips that would be generated by the project. As a result, the proposed development would include a total of 222 bicycle parking spaces, 71 motorcycle spots and parking for 284 fuel-efficient vehicles.
• The project applicant must fully design, construct and pay a fair share amount towards improvements (including full cost for design, construction, etc.) to the Lafayette Street and Gold Street Connector intersection. Improvements would include with the addition of a second northbound left-turn lane in a vacant area between the Gold Street Connector and State Road 237.
• The improvement requires widening of the Gold Street Connector and shifting travel lanes to the south by approximately 12 feet to accommodate a second receiving lane for the second northbound left-turn lane.
Construction is already underway for Phase II of the project that would add an additional two office buildings totaling 457,450 square feet. Buildings three and four, part of Phase II, are located at 6220 and 6280 America Center Drive. Amenities there include a roof deck, and other outdoor areas such as dining, a presentation theater and meeting areas.
The modern Aloft Hotel Santa Clara occupies a long stretch of America Center. There are also a number of other hotels in the greater vicinity, as well as Levi’s Stadium, California’s Great America and the Intel Museum.
The project also is in close proximity to several bus routes and the Lick Mill light rail station. Both the Lawrence and Sunnyvale Caltrain stations are about five miles from America Center and an AC Shuttle amenity will provide connectivity for employees who commute using public transit.
Phase I at 6001 America Center Drive is complete offering two LEED Gold Class A office buildings surrounded by an open space preserve with nature trails.