San Jose – A downtown San Jose housing tower that will feature affordable homes for senior citizens, commercial spaces, and preservation of the historic building’s facade is advanced for a comprehensive public review.
According to documents filed with San Jose city planners, the latest plans point to a slim tower that would be 22 storeys high, a slight decrease from the initial plan, which envisioned a 25-story building.
A rooftop deck is being touted by project developer Roygive Real Estate Development and project designer Anderson Architects.
The residential tower will be built at 19 N. Second St. and will sprout around the corner from the future downtown San Jose BART station.
“The project involves a Site Development Permit and a Historic Preservation Permit to demolish an approximately 15,000-square-foot Realty Building, a City Landmark building, while maintaining the street-facing facade and parapet,” the planning papers state.
The proposed 220 senior housing, all affordable, will be located on levels three to 22.
Details of the projected project are contained in a notice that city officials are preparing a full report to sketch out the potential environmental impacts of the mixed-use development.
According to city planners, a hearing to gather public inputs regarding the project is scheduled to begin on August 9 at 6:30 pm.
The first and second floors of the project will have approximately 18,600 square feet of commercial space. This will likely include retail or restaurant space on the ground floor and offices on the second floor.
According to the proposal, “a rooftop deck for community open spaces is also proposed.”
The top deck will have a rotunda, allowing the roof to become a gathering area for residents.
“The entire roof deck is going to be accessible to all tenants,” Anderson said. “There will be a seating area outside, a nice covered area. We plan to eventually light up the ceiling. “