Mountain View, CA (Feb. 27, 2013) — The Village at San Antonio Center, a signature gateway to Mountain View offering an exciting new place to live, work and shop, announced today revised plans for Phase II of the development, complementing the Phase I component that is nearly complete. Phase I will include Safeway, Counter Custom Burgers, Fidelity Investments, Starbucks, Blue White Cleaners, plus newly-announced retailers Jared’s Jewelers, LYFE Kitchen restaurant and Sleep Number as the project builds a mix of businesses new to the area, or expanding from nearby locations. Following Carmel the Village Apartments’ recent opening, Safeway will open its new flagship store on Friday, April 19th.
According to project sponsor Merlone Geier Partners, The Village’s Phase II includes 500,000 square of office space, a 165 room hotel, an 8 screen cinema complex, and street-level restaurants and shopping integrated with Phase I. As part of a well-established master plan, a large open plaza and numerous pedestrian paths and bikeways in Phase II mirror what’s nearing completion in Phase I.
“The Village is really beginning to take shape as the unique and vibrant community we first envisioned — an active, walkable, and bike-friendly place that fits the City’s General Plan to put jobs, retail and housing closer to Caltrain and existing commercial areas,” said Mike Grehl, Vice President of Merlone Geier. The Village at San Antonio Center site, located on approximately 20 acres bounded by El Camino Real, San Antonio Road and California Street, is just three blocks from Caltrain.
“We’ve designed it to be a thriving community where it’s fun to shop and dine, or catch up with friends or go for a walk,” he added. “With the large plaza in Phase II, the park in Phase I and a number of pocket-plazas and meeting areas, The Village offers several acres of open gathering space as well as a vibrant mixed-use destination.”
The Phase II plans reflect months of community input involving hundreds of residents attending meetings or posting online. One of the key changes is that Phase II building heights range from 4 to 6 stories, much lower than earlier plans, he said, with taller structures located away from the residential neighborhood across California Street.
“We’re pleased to present the remaining portion of The Village, to complete the original vision of transforming an underutilized auto-centric shopping center, into a true mixed-use village that brings jobs and tax-revenue while adding new entertainment, restaurants, movies and park space everyone can enjoy,” he said.
The San Jose Business Journal, in awarding Phase-I of The Village the 2012 “Mixed Use Community of the Year”, said it “transforms and refreshes a large part of the aging retail center that was formerly home to Sears” while “adding $1.2 million in sales and property-tax revenue” to the City.
About The Village at San Antonio Center
The Village at San Antonio Center, a signature gateway to Mountain View, CA at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real, offers an exciting new place to live, work and shop in Silicon Valley. With easy access via Caltrain, bus, freeway and bike routes, The Village is an approximately 20-acre pedestrian-oriented community expected to generate nearly $4 million a year in sales and hotel tax revenue and over 3,500 jobs. A project by San Francisco based Merlone Geier Partners, The Village provides a unique mix of uses and parking solutions combined with new open parks and plazas. The Village’s sustainability components range from water-polishing bioswales for cleaning street run-off to energy-efficient building design and operation that exceeds State of California Title 24 mandates and also meets standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. Visit us at www.thevillagesanantoniocenter.com