San Jose’s Design Review Committee is scheduled to review the mixed-use Eterna Tower high-rise proposal for 17 East Santa Clara Street in Downtown San Jose. The project has doubled in size after SFYIMBY’s last coverage in September 2020. The plan now includes 200 rooms on top of ground-floor retail. San Francisco-based ROYGBIV Real Estate Development is responsible for the project as the property owner.
The 273-foot tall structure will yield 185,010 square feet, with 122,780 square feet for residential use, 6,680 square feet for the roof terrace, and 2,490 square feet for ground-level retail. Of the 200 residential apartments, 150 will be junior single-bedroom units and fifty will be studios units. Thirty-six units will be price-restricted as affordable for low-income residents. Vehicular parking is not required for the urban project, though the basement will include storage for fifty bicycles.
Residential amenities will be included across the site. Almost every apartment, excluding the units on the top four levels, will include a private balcony. The rooftop deck will include panoramic views of the city, a barbeque station, and restrooms. Also included at ground level is a lounge area connected to the lobby.
Anderson Architects is responsible for the design. The project reflects the standard materials used for infill towers, fiber cement cladding placed vertically, with stripes of color for aesthetic variation. The floor-to-ceiling windows are framed by aluminum bronze, and a glass railing will protect balconies. The ground-level planters and awning will be covered with natural wood panels.
Demolition will be required for the 7,760 square-foot property. Taniguchi Landscape Architect will be responsible for landscaping, while Nterra Group is the project’s civil engineering. The estimated budget and construction timeline have not been confirmed.
Eterna Tower will be directly across the street from the future Downtown San Jose Station, an underground BART stop expected to open by 2029. More immediately, prospective residents will be less than a mile away from the existing San Jose Diridon Station, a central transit point for regional buses and the beloved Amtrak Caltrain.
For information on how to join the Design Review Committee meeting and how to participate, see the meeting agenda for more information. The meeting is scheduled for 1 PM on Wednesday, May 19th.