Three Housing Projects Approved by San Jose City Officials to Bring Hundreds of Apartments to Downtown

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By Kate Snyder

Three projects that are slated to bring hundreds of homes to San Jose were recently approved in a San Jose Planning Director’s Hearing. In each proposal, the required special use permits, site development permits and final environmental impact reports were all approved, according to San Jose city records. The hearing took place on Dec. 14.

The first was a proposal by local development firm Urban Community for the construction of two mixed-use towers consisting of 299 residential units and approximately 6,736 square feet of ground floor commercial space with up to six commercial condominiums on a site just over an acre in size, according to city records.

For that project, located at 404-432 South 2nd St. and 98 East San Salvador St., Tower A would total 233,089 square feet, be 21 stories tall and contain 149 units. Tower B would be 234,712 square feet at 21 stories tall and contain 150 multifamily residential units. The ground floor of both buildings includes lobbies, resident lounge space, trash and storage areas, utility rooms, bicycle rooms and loading docks. Additionally, approximately 9,238 square feet of privately owned public open space would be located at the northwest corner of the site nearest to the intersection of East San Salvador and South 2nd Street.

The second project, TMBR Luxury Apartments @ Downtown West, by Urban Catalyst, is a multifamily community in the heart of downtown San Jose. The proposal was for an increase in units from the previously approved 184 to 272, which would also include 14 units of affordable housing, according to city records. At 486 West San Carlos St., TMBR will be adjacent to Diridon Station, the largest transit hub on the West Coast, and will feature a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The architect is Aedis Architects, and according to the firm’s website, the project is the first ‘Tall Timber’ project in the Bay Area designed under the 2022 California Building Code that allows taller structures using Cross-laminated Timber (CLT). The project consists of eight stories, with seven stories of CLT over one story of concrete construction. Features include a shared living arrangement with a bedroom-bathroom parity to maximize leasing viability, exterior balconies in certain units that face the streets or the interior courtyard and a city view deck on the top floor with views of downtown and the foothills beyond. The complex’s design “breaks many new grounds in mid-rise housing construction,” the architecture firm’s website states.

The third project is Roygbiv Real Estate Development’s plan for a 22-story mixed-use building with 123 multifamily residential units and 1,623 square feet of commercial retail space on a site that’s less than a tenth of an acre, according to project plans. The project is located at 565 Lorraine Ave. Roygbiv is also planning to construct a nine-story mixed-use tower with 264 residential units and 1,814 square feet of commercial space at 543 Lorraine Ave.

Of the total planned units, 24 percent for both projects would be reserved for low-income households. The site is bounded by Lorraine Avenue to the south, Barack Obama Boulevard to the west and Park Avenue to the north. Both sites are currently developed with existing single family homes, which would need to be demolished before construction started.

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