The Mercury News

Mixed-use tower plan pushes ahead

- By George Avalos gavalos@ bayareanew­ Contact George Avalos at 408-859-5167.

SAN JOSE >> A downtown San Jose housing tower that would feature affordable homes for seniors, commercial spaces, and the preservati­on of the facade of a historic building has advanced to a wide-ranging public review.

The latest plans point to a slender tower that would be 22 stories high, a slight reduction from a preliminar­y plan that had envisioned a 25-story building, according to documents filed with San Jose city planners.

A rooftop deck is being touted by project developer Roygbiv Real Estate Developmen­t and project designer Anderson Architects.

The residentia­l tower would be built at 19 N. Second St. and would sprout around the corner from a future downtown San Jose BART station.

“The project includes a site developmen­t permit and a historic preservati­on permit to demolish

approximat­ely 15,000 square feet of the Realty Building, a city landmark building, while retaining the street-facing facade and parapet,” the planning papers state.

A proposed 220 senior residences, all affordable, would be located on levels three through 22.

The details of the anticipate­d project are contained in a notice that city officials are preparing a full-fledged report to sketch out the potential environmen­tal impacts

of the mixed-use developmen­t.

A hearing to gather public input regarding the project is scheduled for Aug. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m., according to city planners.

The first and second floors of the project would contain about 18,600 square feet of commercial spaces. This would potentiall­y consist of retail or restaurant space on the ground floor and offices on the second floor.

“A rooftop deck is also proposed for community open space,” according to the proposal.

The top deck would feature a rotunda, enabling the rooftop to be a gathering area for the residents.

“The whole roof deck is going to be accessible to all the tenants,” Kurt Anderson, the architect, said in a previous interview with this news organizati­on. “There will be outdoor seating, a nice covered area. We eventually plan to light up the rooftop.”

The Realty Building is a two-story building that was designed in a BeauxArts style and constructe­d in 1925, according to a report prepared for the city in 2009 by David J. Powers & Associates.

“We are playing off the existing historic building, playing off the nearby Bank of Italy tower,” Anderson said. “It’s a historic building, a historic district, and this is going to be eyecatchin­g.”

 ?? ANDERSON ARCHITECTS ?? A new housing tower and the historic facade of the Realty Building at 19 N. 2nd St. in downtown San Jose.
ANDERSON ARCHITECTS A new housing tower and the historic facade of the Realty Building at 19 N. 2nd St. in downtown San Jose.

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