Gate­way vil­lage pro­posal adds hous­ing units, ex­pands of­fices

The mixed-use de­vel­op­ment­would be built on tri­an­gle-shaped plot of land to­tal­ing 6.4 acres

The Mercury News Weekend - - BUSINESS - By Ge­orgeA­va­los gava­los@ba­yare­anews­group.com

SAN JOSE » A tran­sit vil­lage planned for San Jose, a few train stops from a huge de­vel­op­ment that Google has pro­posed in the city’s down­town, is grow­ing in po­ten­tial size by ex­pand­ing the num­ber of hous­ing units and of­fice spa­ces slated for the project.

The South Bas­com Gate­way Sta­tion mixed-use de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to an updated pro­posal now on file with San Jose city plan­ners, would be built on a tri­an­gle-shaped plot of land to- tal­ing 6.4 acres at the cor­ner of South­west Ex­press­way and South Bas­com Av­enue.

The site is the location of a shop­worn re­tail prop­erty known as Dick’s Cen­ter, where a Zorba the Greek restau­rant had op­er­ated. Bay West De­vel­op­ment is de­vel­op­ing the Gate­way Sta­tion project.

The pro­posal calls for eight lev­els of res­i­dences and 10 lev­els of of­fices, the city plan­ning doc­u­ments show.

“San Jose is fi­nally building up and not out,” said Bob Staedler, prin­ci­pal ex­ec­u­tive of Sil­i­con Val- ley Syn­ergy, a land-use and plan­ning con­sul­tancy, re­fer­ring to the city’s cur­rent push to build more of­fices and hous­ing in dense de­vel­op­ments near tran­sit stops, rather than to sprawl in a Los An­ge­les-style pat­tern.

The lat­est ver­sion of the pro­posed tran­sit vil­lage en­vi­sions 590 res­i­den­tial units and nearly 214,000 square feet of of­fices. The hous­ing would con­sist of 125 stu­dios, 353 one-bed­roomu­nits and 112 two-bed­roomu­nits, the plan­ning doc­u­ments stated.

A prior it­er­a­tion of the an­tic­i­pated de­vel­op­ment had pro­posed 447 res­i­dences and 200,000 square feet of of­fices.

“Gate­way Sta­tion is a great

mixed-use tran­sit- ori­ented project,” Staedler said. “It’s a can’t-miss de­vel­op­ment with the ameni­ties of the Wil­low Glen area and ac­cess to light rail.”

Bas­com Sta­tion Owner, an af­fil­i­ate of Bay West De­vel­op­ment, paid $37.25 million on June 5 for the prop­erty, which at present con­sists pri­mar­ily of a strip mall and con­sid­er­able sur­face park­ing.

The de­vel­op­ment would rise next to the South Bas­com­light rail stop. That sta­tion is just a few stops south of the Diri­don tran­sit sta­tion that it­self is a hub for light trail, ACE Train, Cal­train, Capi­tol Cor­ri­dor and Am­trak stops and in the fu­ture would be the site of a BART sta­tion.

Next to Diri­don Sta­tion, Google plans a com­mu­nity of of­fices, hous­ing, shops, restau­rants and open spa­ces, along­with a cul­tural and eco-walk area, in a de- vel­op­ment where 15,000 to 20,000 of the tech ti­tan’s em­ploy­ees could work.

With tech­nol­ogy giants such as Ap­ple, Face­book, Adobe Sys­tems and Ama­zon ex­pand­ing in Sil­i­con Val­ley, San Jose has led the charge for cre­at­ing urban vil­lages that would blend of­fices, hous­ing and re­tail with im­me­di­ate ac­cess to tran­sit stops. Such de­vel­op­ments could help com­bat wors­en­ing traf­fic woes in the Bay Area.

Open spa­ces in the Gate- way Sta­tion project would phys­i­cally con­nect the site to the South Bas­com sta­tion plat­form, ac­cord­ing to the pro­posal sub­mit­ted to San Jose of­fi­cials.

“For us, it’s crit­i­cal to have a rail stop,” said Pete Ber­itzhoff, a part­ner with BayWest De­vel­op­ment, ear­lier this year in dis­cussing the com­pany’s de­vel­op­ment pro­posal at South­west Ex­press­way and South Bas­com.

Con­tact Ge­orge Ava­los at 408-859- 5167.

WRNS STU­DIO

Hous­ing struc­tures that­would be part of Gate­way Sta­tion, a mixed-use vil­lage planned in San Jose next to a light rail stop near the cor­ner of South­west Ex­press­way and South Bas­comAv­enue, are seen in a vi­su­al­iza­tion.

WRNS STU­DIO

Gate­way Sta­tion is grow­ing in po­ten­tial size by ex­pand­ing the num­ber of hous­ing units and of­fice spa­ces in the project.

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