The non-profit organization, Urban Confluence Silicon Valley, announced yesterday that they chose The Breeze of Innovation as the winner in their international competition for a new landmark in Downtown San Jose. The winning art piece, which the organization will gift to the City of San Jose, has a central structure surrounded by five hundred poles rising two hundred feet above the ground. between the poles, there will be a cafe, exhibition room, and observation decks for the public. SMAR Architecture Studio is responsible for the submission.
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Development permits have been filed for 1925 Brush Street in the Ralph Bunche neighborhood of West Oakland. The development will create eighteen new townhouse apartments close to the city’s central business district across three buildings. Riaz Capital is the project applicant and owner.
The 41st tallest skyscraper in the Bay Area built or planned is 95 Hawthorne Street, a proposed residential tower around the corner from the Moscone Center in SoMa, San Francisco. The tower rises 444 feet tall to the top floor and 461 feet to its peak. With the property’s 2007 sale and permit valuation combined, the development costs will go well over a third of a billion dollars. The Boston-based property owner, John Hancock Life Insurance Company, has partnered with Holland Partner Group as joint developers.
The Plan Code Amendments from San Francisco’s Small Business Recovery Act have been submitted to the Planning Department. The application comes directly from the office of Mayor London Breed. The proposed legislation includes amendments to reduce bureaucracy, save time for small businesses, and support individuals and institutions working in arts and culture. The application has been received and is now pending review.
Oakland’s Design Review Committee is scheduled to review updated designs for what could become the tallest skyscraper in the Bay Area outside of San Francisco. The 623-foot office tower will rise at 415 20th Street, two hundred feet higher than the current tallest building in Downtown Oakland, the Ordway Building. Hines is the project developer.