By Meghan Hall
Jay Paul Company, one of the region’s most prolific office developers, known for its large scale, tech-oriented campuses that have secured tenants in the likes of Facebook, Amazon, and others, has taken a step back and paired down its plans for a roughly 27-acre site located at 320-350 Blomquist Street in Redwood City. The developer, who had originally proposed a four building, 1,144,748 square foot office campus on the site, submitted revised plans in May after facing robust pushback from local residents. Under the new proposal, new development has been reduced by roughly a third.
The new plans for the property, called Harbor View, call for three buildings as opposed to four; the largest will be seven stories and include 282,726 square feet, while the remaining two buildings will be six stories in height and will each total 241,212 square feet for a grand total of 765,150 square feet of designated office space. The seven-story building will also include a roof deck, play area and lounge area. A 35,000 square foot employee amenities building, equipped with a gymnasium and court, as well as standard workout gym, among other things, is included, as is a 20,000 square foot community space that will include a café, non-profit and education spaces, and meeting rooms. About 2,591 vehicle parking spaces will also be provided in an on-site parking structure.
According to previous reporting by The Registry, Jay Paul will be prepared to pursue development with or without tenants.
The buildings, designed by DES Architects, will be modern in design, clad in high-performance tinted vision glass in aluminum mullions, with metal canopies and a metal-clad roof form providing fenestration to break up the massing of the structure.
The resubmission comes almost two years after Jay Paul Company received mixed feedback on the project, located at 320-350 Blomquist Ave. and 30 Stein Am Rhein Court. In its original form, the project would have increased Redwood City’s office inventory by about a fifth. Residents had expressed concern that the project would not truly benefit the community, as the city’s housing supply would continue to be constrained. Others questioned other impacts such as traffic.
Jay Paul Company has been pursuing development on the property for some time, beginning when it first purchased the site from the Malibu Grand Prix for a reported $34.9 million.
Jay Paul is extremely active throughout the Bay Area, and in recent months have made several big purchases throughout the Bay Area. In June, the firm purchased 50 West San Fernando in San Francisco for $238 million, or $691 per square foot. Jay Paul acquired the property from The Rockpoint Group and DivcoWest Properties.
Also in June, Jay Paul nabbed two downtown office properties in San Jose to the tune of $100 million. The two properties, located at 200 Park Ave. and 282 S. Almaden Blvd., were purchased for $50 million apiece from local developer John DiNapoli and realty investment trust Blackstone. The properties will eventually become part of Cityview Plaza, located right across the street and which will total 3.4 million square feet upon completion. Jay Paul acquired the original Cityview Plaza site, located just across the street from the Park Avenue and Almaden Boulevard properties, in July of 2018 for $283.5 million, and formally submitted its redevelopment plans to the city in April. San Francisco-based global architecture firm Gensler has been hired to design the project.
.As of this writing, Jay Paul Company had not yet returned The Registry’s request for comment.