Downtown San Jose

Downtown West, Google's proposal within the Diridon Station Area Plan, rendering via Sitelab

Amendment Expands San Jose’s Diridon Station Area Plan

The City of San Jose has published a 267-page addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Report of the Diridon Station Area Plan, showing an increase in allowed office space and hotel rooms in downtown San Jose. The Diridon Station Area Plan, or DSAP, is a purposeful rezoning of 262 acres adopted by San Jose in 2014 to build closer to public transit. The plan aims to extend the city’s Central Business District to reach the train station in response to 2008’s successful Proposition 1A to start the High-Speed Rail project from southern to northern California, including the anticipated link with Diridon Station.

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Aerial Northeast Urban Context for Moment 2.0, rendering courtesy Gensler

Gensler Tells SFYIMBY About Moment 2.0 Concept Proposal for Downtown San Jose Garage

One of the most inspiring challenges for urban planners is how to reintegrate overbuilt vehicle infrastructure into the city’s fabric. Gensler shows one solution for evolving these elements in a recent publication, even when there is an enduring necessity. As mass-transit is being improved and surface parking redeveloped across downtown San Jose, this process will increase the need for building like the San Pedro Market Parking Garage at 45 North San Pedro Street. Over the last year, Gensler’s San Jose offices noticed that the garage roof was often carless and was encouraged to see people visit and enjoy the space. Moment 2.0 is the firm’s response to this observation, a visual illustration that imagines a community environment they hope to see built.

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North San Pedro Studios

First Community Housing Is Developing Housing For Homeless and Veterans at 201 Bassett Street, San Jose

Development permits have been filed seeking the approval of constructing an apartment building at 201 Bassett Street in Downtown San Jose. San Jose-based nonprofit, First Community Housing is developing a six-story apartment building that will provide housing to veterans and people currently experiencing homelessness. Named Iamesi Village, the project is under construction and will develop 135 units located at the intersection of Bassett and Terraine streets.
OJK Architecture and Planning is the master architect. A housing master plan is being developed by Intracorp Homes, Swenson, and First Community Housing in partnership with San Jose’s redevelopment agency on the 5.72-acre lot adjacent to the downtown core.

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188 West Saint James, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

Construction Wrapping Up, Sales Launched for 188 West Saint James, Downtown San Jose

Construction is nearing the finish line for the $200 million two-towered high-rises at 188 West Saint James in Downtown San Jose. Apartment sales have already launched, with prices ranging from $525,000 to over $1 million. Z&L Properties is the project developer, with Polaris Pacific in charge of sales. Staff working on the development have confirmed for SFYIMBY that the building is expected to open towards the end of 2021 if conditions allow.

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300 South 1st Street Hero view, design by James KM Cheng Architects, rendering courtesy Westbank

Renderings for The Orchard from Westbank’s Master Vision for Downtown San Jose

Earlier this month, Westbank released their master vision for five skyline-defining developments across downtown San Jose. Today, we highlight The Orchard, producing two towers at 300 South 1st Street and the third tower at 409 South 2nd Street, called The Orchard Workspace and The Orchard Residential. The Orchard yields over two million square feet combined, producing a campus of offices, housing, retail, and restaurants.

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