The Victorian-era home to Poor House Bistro has been moved from 91 South Autumn Street to 317 West St. John Street in Little Italy, San Jose. The relocation comes ahead of Downtown West, Google’s massive plans to redevelop the low-density area surrounding Diridon Station with high-density offices, housing, and retail. Project site maps indicate 91 South Autumn Street will be replaced with an office building.
Poor House Bistro Move
Kelly Brothers House Movers were responsible for moving the single-story structure over half a mile. The structure moves in front of Diridon Station to West San Carlos Street, turned left onto Barack Obama Boulevard, and right onto West St Johns Street. The building moved across a bridge of Guadalupe River and next to Henry’s Hi-Life, and the future Italian Museum.
Crews will now work to settle the building into 317 West San Carlos, where the building will be renamed Famiglia Meduri Poor House Bistro, in honor of the restaurant owner’s Italian family background. Jay Meduri founded the Poor House in 2005. The location will be the third for the structure, which once existed near San Jose State on 11th Street before being moved in the 1950s.
The Poor House Bistro was located around Parcel F1, where a long office structure will be built for Downtown West.
Full build-out of Downtown West is expected to see around 4,000 new homes, 7.3 million square feet of offices, 500,000 square feet for active uses like retail or culture, 100,000 square feet for event space, a 300-room hotel, corporate accommodations of up to 800 rooms, and 15 acres of parks and open space. Local infrastructure improvements will connect the project with the surrounding area.
Four sites will see the construction of eight hundred units ranging from extremely low- to low-income affordable housing. Another two hundred units integrated with market-rate housing will be priced as affordable for residents earning the Area Median Income.
Lendlease is acting as Google’s development advisor, with master planning and urban design by SITELAB Urban Studio. Heatherwick Studio, who has worked with Google in the past, is the workplace architect. Other architects will include Grimshaw Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Fougeron Architecture, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and SHoP Architects. West8 is the landscape architect, ARG is the historic resource consultant, HMH Engineers will be the civil engineer, and Sherwood Design Engineers is the Civil and Infrastructural engineer.
According to the design guidelines, the preferred facade materials will vary between woods, earthen masonry and stones, metals, cement, and architectural glazing to enhance character to glass facades. Facade designs will vary between frame structure, fins/louvers, mullion articulation, structural bays, projections, offset planes, modulates panels, or layered surfaces.
Groundbreaking is expected for Downtown West by late 2022 or 2023, with the first phase of buildings along Santa Clara Street.