Affordable Housing Approved for 551 Keyes Street, San Jose

555 Keyes Street555 Keyes Street via David Baker Architects

A new affordable housing project has been approved for development at 551 Keyes Street in San Jose. The project proposal includes the construction of a six-story building offering 100 percent affordable residential units and commercial space on a vacant parcel.

Charities Housing Development Corporation of Santa Clara County is the project developer. David Baker Architects is responsible for the design concepts.

555 Keyes Street Rear View

555 Keyes Street Rear View via David Baker Architects

Named The Charles, the apartment complex will be an mixed-use development consisting of spaces for affordable housing and commercial uses. The project site is a parcel spanning an area of 0.90 acres. The complex will offer residential area spanning 57,928 square feet. Commercial space measuring 3,852 square feet will also be provided. The building will offer 78 units, designed as a mix of 10 studios, 28 one-bedrooms, 19 two-bedrooms (plus one manager’s unit), and 20 three-bedrooms. 39 units will be set aside as Rapid Rehousing (RRH) units for unhoused individuals and families.

The remaining 38 units will accommodate individuals and families earning up to 50% of the area’s median income. Onsite amenities include resident services, property management offices, laundry facilities, bicycle storage, and a community room with an attached kitchen for staff and resident use. Outdoor landscaped open space connecting to parking and a walking trail will also be developed.

555 Keyes Street Rendering

555 Keyes Street Rendering via David Baker Architects

0.65 acres will be used for the development of the project, previous development plans were released in March 2022. 0.25 acres is subject to a public right of way easement granted to the City of San José.

The Charles will be designed to follow the GreenPoint Rated Checklist and Climate Smart San José. Sustainable features include a solar photovoltaic system, storm-water control, all-electric appliances, and high-efficiency irrigation landscaping. Passive design principles such as recessed balconies in different directions will optimize daylight and provide shade from the high sun angles.

The proposed project is currently seeking project approval under the Senate Bill 35 (SB 35) streamlined approval guidelines, which requires a ministerial approval for developments that include a specified level of affordability and comply with objective development standards.

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4 Comments on "Affordable Housing Approved for 551 Keyes Street, San Jose"

  1. How do you apply for one of there apply for one of your units please

  2. The reason I am asking is I want to relocate by my daughter and grandson

  3. Kathy Romero Garcia | May 26, 2023 at 1:44 pm | Reply

    I am homeless I would love to live there

  4. Lucy crumrine | May 26, 2023 at 3:55 pm | Reply

    My dearest sir, ma’am
    I’m looking for affordable 1 bedroom
    Thank you so much.

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