By Nancy Amdur
The Samaritan Medical Center is launching plans to add new offices on a 13-acre site at its San Jose campus.
Samaritan’s overall plan calls for five new buildings containing 475,250 square feet for medical offices and related uses, according to a city document about the plan. Also, three parking structures would be built at the site and a traffic signal would be installed at the intersection of Samaritan Drive and Samaritan Court.
The medical center filed its proposal with the city in June and plans are “early in the review process,” said Sylvia Do, a division manager for the city’s planning department.
Samaritan split the site into two areas. One development would include two three-story medical office buildings and parking structures on four acres at 2506 Samaritan Court. The buildings would comprise up to 115,250 square feet. Another development on nine acres at 2577 Samaritan Drive would include three six-story buildings comprising about 360,000 square feet of commercial/medical space and a seven-story parking structure with five and half levels above grade, Do said.
A one-story office building is currently located at 2506 Samaritan Court. The Samaritan Drive area includes one two-story medical office building and 12 one-story medical office buildings, according to the city report about the plan.
The medical center looks to amend zoning at part of the site from neighborhood/community commercial to regional commercial, which would allow for higher building heights, Do said. The height limit on Samaritan Drive is now four stories, according to the city’s report.
Development of the medical center’s property has occurred gradually over 50 years, according to Samaritan’s Web page about the project. Changes in the healthcare industry “has created a demand for more medical service space with modern, integrated facilities,” the site says.
This project is part of a 20-year master plan build-out that Samaritan is proposing. The plan will replace aging buildings with larger “state-of-the-art” facilities, according to the Web site. The first phase of development is slated to occur on a vacant Samaritan Court parcel.
A community meeting was held to discuss the medical center project on August 25. Fifty-five community members attended the meeting, and some said they were concerned about building heights, traffic and potential lighting and noise from the proposed parking garage, Do said. Part of the Samaritan Court site is adjacent to a single-family residential neighborhoods in Los Gatos and San Jose, she added.
San Jose’s planning department is preparing an environmental impact report for and taking public comments about the project and what should be included in the report through Sept. 21. Once the environmental review is completed, public hearings regarding the project likely will take place in spring or summer 2016, Do said.
Samaritan Medical Center did not return a call for comment.