San Jose City Council has approved plans for a 22-story affordable senior housing tower at 19 North 2nd Street in Downtown San Jose, Santa Clara County. The project will create around 220 apartments near the Bank of Italy Tower and St. James Park. ROYGBIV Real Estate Development is the project applicant.
As reported by Joseph Geha for the San Jose Spotlight, the vote was unanimously in favor of the new affordable housing tower. According to Geha, Kurt Anderson is expecting to start construction by next year or 2025, with completion expected 30 months after groundbreaking.
The 239-foot tall structure will yield around 146,430 square feet with 120,640 square feet for housing, 18,640 square feet for commercial retail, and around 800 square feet for 74-bicycle parking in the basement. The unit floor area will vary between 276 to 370 square feet. All unit sizes will be affordable, half for low-income seniors and half for very low-income seniors.
Anderson Architects is responsible for the design. Facade materials include stucco cladding, concrete masonry, and curtain wall glass. Residents will find access to several private decks on the third floor and a landscaped rooftop deck with views across Santa Clara County. The large elevator and stairwell shafts visible along the northern and southern facades include spaces for potential art installations to create visual interest on the otherwise bare exterior.
The property is located directly across from the Towers @ 2nd complex, a 14-story dual-tower office project built in the 1970s and owned by Brookfield Properties. On the same block along East Santa Clara Street, ROYGBIV’s plans for a 26-story residential tower are threatened by BART’s plans for a station entrance. Though ROYGBIV wants to incorporate the station entrance into the apartment tower, the regional transit agency does not appear willing to play ball.