By Jacob Bourne
Following an environmental review process, a public comment period for a draft Mitigated Declaration regarding a proposed hotel project in San Jose, ended on November 3. Villa Developers & Investments, LLC has plans to build a 10-story hotel with 175 rooms on a roughly half-acre site at Stevens Creek Boulevard and South Clover Avenue. The site is in a key location adjacent to the Westfield Valley Fair and a few blocks north of Santana Row. Hotel Valencia Santana Row and The Row Hotel are both located in the vicinity of the site.[contextly_sidebar id=”VzalK8zcKX0fUwd3qsKFAmfdoM6iQgDz”]“It’s going to serve both businesses and visitors to the area,” said Henry Cord, Villa representative. “It will have plenty of amenities including a tenth floor restaurant with balconies and terraces overlooking the city, providing sweeping views. There will be a fitness room, pool, ground floor cafe and meeting spaces. It’s a full-service hotel.”
An existing gas station would be demolished to make way for the project, if approved. The original plans had called for 11 stories and 200 rooms but with concerns about the limited availability of parking in the area, the developer made the decision to reduce the scale.
“We had a community meeting on October 3,” said Rebecca Bustos, Planning project manager. “Typical concerns were expressed for that neighborhood — traffic and overflow parking from the mall on streets and potentially from the hotel. Traffic is an issue in the area. Members of the community have reached out to Public Works about traffic concerns. The EIR found traffic resulting from the project to be negligible and not a significant impact, and so we can’t force the project to address existing issues.”
A delivery and limited parking area will be incorporated into the ground-level, with the bulk of parking occupying four above-grade floors. The hotel, to be operated by Cambria Hotel & Suites, will feature a first floor with spacious lobby, reception and lounge areas, as well as a kitchen, eatery, indoor pool, and staff facilities. In addition to an 800 square foot rooftop terrace, guests will have access to 2,000 square feet of landscaped, open-air space with seating on the sixth floor. Six street trees along with other plant installations will border the hotel’s exterior along Stevens Creek Boulevard and South Clover Avenue.
Planning staff have determined that the proposed project is consistent with the area’s Neighborhood Community Commercial designation with an Urban Village overlay. The site is also designated as part of a Scenic Gateway area and is zoned as Community Pedestrian.
The project is still under review and is expected to be decided upon at a Planning Director’s hearing in December, though a date has not yet been scheduled. If approved, Cord says the developer is hoping for a 2017 groundbreaking in the summer or fall. A 21-month construction period is anticipated.
A project team isn’t finalized but architect Scott Rosenberg and landscape architect TGP Inc. have been involved in the conceptual planning process.