A new residential project has been proposed for development at 409 South Second Street in Downtown San Jose, Santa Clara County. The project proposal includes the construction of a new 30-story high-rise apartment tower.
Canadian developer Westbank has partnered with the local real estate firm Urban Community as the project developers. James K.M. Cheng Architects is responsible for the design, with Steinberg Hart operating as the architect of record.
The project plans were approved in late November 2022, and now groundbreaking is all set to happen this November. Named Orchard Residential, the high-rise will yield a total built-up area spanning 606,520 square feet. Once complete, the tower will offer 502,340 square feet for residential use, 13,860 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 44,360 square feet for a 104-car underground garage. Additional parking will be included for 58 motorcycles and 176 bicycles in a 1,900-square-foot room. The façade will rise to a height of 294 feet. Residents will be able to enjoy amenities spread across 7,950 square feet.
Renderings reveal a façade designed in a palette of grey granite stone, precast concrete panels, steel roofing, and glazed curtain-wall glass. The tower will include 312 fruit trees plants across its facade.
As previously reported, the project plan is part of the multi-tower redevelopment master plan for San Jose. On the project team, SWA Group is the landscape architect, Glotman Simpson is the structural engineer, Kier & Wright is the civil engineer, and Atelier Ten will consult on sustainable design. Westbank and Urban Community are getting assistance from Hong Kong-based Peterson Group and the Canada-based pension fund OPTrust.
Construction is expected to last 33 months, from groundbreaking to completion.
Westbank has also started construction on 180 Park Avenue, with demolition completed last year. Construction has been paused for the office block due to a reported archaeological assessment trigger. The project site sits directly across from Orchard Workspace, a two-tower office project in the same Westbank Campus masterplan designed by WRNS Studio. Both projects show similar design concepts, inspired by the region’s agricultural history, with drought-resistant plants and fruit trees across the site balconies.