Demolition work has started, removing the southern facade of the former Bank of California at 199 Park Avenue in Downtown San Jose. The move came just days after a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge denied an attempt by preservationists to block demolition at the beginning of the month. The court litigation has stalled demolition for roughly 13 months.
A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of plans to demolish the brutalist bank structure at 199 Park Avenue in Downtown San Jose. While the verdict is not final, it is a significant step toward the construction of CityView Plaza, a 3.8-million square foot office proposal by the Jay Paul Company to revitalize the city block. If built, the development would reshape the block between Almaden Boulevard and South Market Street, central to the city’s urban core.
Demolition permits have been filed for a portion of CityView Mega development in downtown San Jose. The project proposal includes the development of a tech office campus at 170 Park Center Plaza, featuring retail and office space. Plans call for the demolition of existing buildings and the removal of twenty threes. Jay Paul Company is the project developer. Gensler is responsible for the design concepts and construction.