The San Jose Planning Commission is scheduled to decide on an appeal later today of The Mark, a 23-story student-oriented project to be built at 475 South 4th Street in Downtown San Jose. The public teleconference meeting is scheduled to begin today, October 13th, at 6:30 PM. City staff has recommended the commission reject the appeal and approve the special use permits to commence construction. The public teleconference meeting is scheduled to begin today, October 13th, at 6:30 PM.
Urban Catalyst is responsible for the development as the property owner of 475 South 4th Street. BDE Architecture is managing the development and design. The Mark is expected to rise 274 feet tall with 365,420 square feet. The 240 apartments will range in size from one-bedroom to four-bedrooms. Amenities will include a rooftop deck offering views across the South Bay.
Guzzardo Partnership is the landscape architect. The project will include a mix of planters and pavers for amenity decks at ground level, on the third floor, and rooftop.
Planning documents show parking for 192 vehicle parking spaces will be offered above and below grade, with plans considering a balance of on-site and off-site options. Alternative parking configurations are being considered for stackers or an off-site parking arrangement. Storage will also be included for 60 bicycles.
The appeal was filed by Steve Cohen, the property manager of 470 South 3rd Street, an adjacent multi-family building. The appeal alleges an incomplete use permit, lack of proper community outreach, and that project specifics are not in the permit as the reason that commission should appeal. In all cases, city staff found the reasons to be vague allegations that were factually inaccurate.
In the unlikely case that the planning commission approved the appeal, the developers would need to reapply for a project on the site with a different proposal. If Cohen’s appeal is denied, city staff write that Urban Catalyst can “move forward with the building permit phase to demolish two existing multi-family residential buildings and one single-family home and to construct a 240-unit multi-family residential building with five parking configuration options…” Demolition of 16,880 square feet of residential area will be required.
The project site is located nearby VTA bus stops and roughly four blocks from the future Downton San Jose BART Station entrance. The San Jose State University Campus is a block away. Less than ten minutes away on foot is the site for the proposed 600 South 1st Street dormitory tower by Scape and C2K Architecture.
For information on how to join the planning commission meeting, see the meeting agenda here. The teleconference call is scheduled to go live tonight, October 13th, at 6:30 PM.
Construction for The Mark could potentially start soon and last for 24 months from groundbreaking to completion.
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