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    SAN JOSE — A construction giant has alerted residents that at least three downtown San Jose buildings may be bulldozed, potentially within weeks, as the early stages of Google’s transit-oriented neighborhood take shape. Patty’s Inn, a long-shuttered bakery and phone company building, and the site of a long-time Airgas store could be headed for the wrecking ball as soon as early September, general contractor Webcor stated in letters the firm issued to people in the area of the upcoming demolition. The notice of a potential bulldozing project offers fresh evidence that Google is pushing ahead with its plans for Downtown West, which is poised to be a game changer for the economy and makeup of downtown San Jose. “We are pleased to inform you that the Downtown West project continues to move forward towards the vision of creating a mixed-use urban destination near public transit,” Webcor stated in the letter regarding the demolition. Google’s proposed transit village would consist of office buildings, homes, shops, restaurants, entertainment hubs and cultural loops. Webcor addressed the alerts regarding the demolition to “Dear San...
    OAKLAND — About 100 affordable homes are being eyed on a site near downtown Oakland, a project that would be poised to provide housing for senior residents, city documents show. The units would be built on the site of a church and some apartments at the corner of West Grand Avenue and West Street, a neighborhood that’s next to downtown Oakland, according to a very preliminary application filed by the project’s developer. All told, the project would consist of 101 units, which would include 100 affordable units for low-income seniors and one manager’s unit. Community Housing Development has proposed the project, which would sprout on a site with addresses of 779, 783 and 793 W. Grand Ave., as well as 2204 and 2214 West St. in Oakland, according to the municipal planning files. The property is owned at present by Joshua Christian Center, the city documents show. The homes would be built in two phases, according to the planning files. The first phase would consist of 68 units to be built on the West Grand Avenue properties. The second phase...
    SAN JOSE — Google intends to invest more than $3.5 billion in California — which includes a big chunk in the Bay Area — as the search giant pushes ahead with a post-coronavirus expansion on a wide scale, the company said Thursday. The tech titan says it is pushing ahead with big projects in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, downtown San Jose, in Los Angeles and elsewhere. “We are not letting our foot off the gas,” Kent Walker, Google’s chief legal officer, said during a news event in downtown San Jose to sketch out the company’s investment plans statewide. “We are doubling down on our investment.” Among the major Google projects in the Bay Area that will open this year or are nearing completion: — Bay View, an eye-catching complex in Mountain View, opening this year. — Charleston East, a visually dramatic campus in Mountain View, is near the completion of construction. — The company’s first-ever mass-timber building in Sunnyvale, opening this year. — Middlefield Park mixed-use master plan, a Mountain View project that includes 1,900 housing units. A City Council decision...
    SAN JOSE — Google’s proposed transit-oriented neighborhood in downtown San Jose might reach an overall value of $19 billion, a lofty figure that underscores the project’s dramatic impact. That jaw-dropping estimate of the project’s value includes an array of costs associated with the village, which is expected to require more than a decade to be fully built out in phases, according to Nanci Klein, San Jose’s director of economic development and cultural affairs. “$19 billion is what is being talked about,” Klein said. “It’s a very rough estimate, very preliminary.” Among the components of the approximate estimate of the value: development, construction, infrastructure and other potential costs and expenses associated with the Google village, which is called Downtown West. Downtown West would sprout on 80 acres near the Diridon train station and SAP Center on the western edges of San Jose’s urban core. Google’s transit village would create a new neighborhood along a narrow stretch that’s dotted with older commercial and industrial buildings, homes, junkyards, former retail sites, warehouses, empty structures and vacant lots. “This will be the most robust...
    SAN JOSE — A housing highrise project in downtown San Jose that’s been haunted by delays has trudged to a major milestone: Home sales have begun, with penthouses being offered at more than $1.9 million. Construction began in 2015 on the big two-tower complex, which is bringing 643 residential units to downtown San Jose. When the development was launched, the project was known as Silvery Towers, but the two towers are now officially called 188 West St. James. The project is located on West St. James Street between Terraine Street and North San Pedro Street. Initially, the developers of the 643-unit housing development had expected the towers would be completed by no later than 2018. Sign advertises that sales are underway for residential units in 188 W. St. James, a double-tower housing complex on West James St. between North San Pedro Street and Terraine Street in downtown San Jose. (George Avalos / Bay Area News Group) But that timeline steadily slipped. Construction mishaps, financing snags, questionable wage and labor practices, and a fatal fall that was ruled a suicide hobbled the...
    Google is poised to make San Jose history. The tech giant’s grandiose vision for a new 80-acre mega campus on the western edges of downtown San Jose is headed to the San Jose City Council on Tuesday for possible final approval, launching the largest single development deal ever reached in the city. Dubbed Downtown West, the project would lay the groundwork for decade-long construction of up to 4,000 housing units, 7.3 million square feet of office space, 300 hotel rooms, 500,000 square feet of retail, other active uses and 15 acres of open space and parks. “I’m grateful for the hard work of many and the serious engagement of so many of our community members to get to this point,” San Jose Mayor Liccardo said in an interview. “Silicon Valley naysayers, who claim that tech undermines equity, can look at this project and see how Google is making more than a billion dollars for the investment of the community, including by providing more than 1,000 affordable housing units.” In exchange for the city’s approval of its transit-oriented village where as...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a Thursday a streamlining of environmental review procedures that will greenlight the largest private sector investment in San Jose history. Newsom signed SB 7, which allows the governor to extend expedited environmental review for key developments and further streamlines the process to include small-scale housing projects. The legislation paves the way for the city to partner with Google to create an urban village around San Jose’s Diridon Station. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: How Much Will Your Monthly Check Be? Artist rendering of a portion of Downtown West project in San Jose. (Google) The project known as Downtown West will include 7.3 million square feet of new office space, plus a billion dollars in shops, plazas, parks, trails, and open space, as well as 4,000 units of housing, with 25% categorized as affordable. Google has also pledged to preserve iconic older buildings within the project’s borders. “California’s recovery from the pandemic must tackle the housing shortage that threatens our economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Newsom in a press...
    SAN JOSE — Google’s first property purchase for its downtown San Jose transit village was an aging telephone company building — and now that area is slated to be the spot for the neighborhood’s first development sites. Office buildings, housing, and a cultural center would be part of the initial stages of the development of the Downtown West transit-oriented neighborhood that Google has proposed for a mile-long stretch near the Diridon train station and SAP Center — if city officials give a final go-ahead to the project. Downtown West neighborhood being developed by Google in downtown San Jose, showing Meander section of the project, outlined in red. Note: boundaries are approximate, conceptual, and subject to change. // Google Maps In December 2016, a Google affiliate paid $55 million for an unremarkable Pacific Bell building at 145 S. Montgomery St., which wound up being the first of dozens of transactions in a years-long assembly of land for the Downtown West neighborhood. Now, this site, and several others adjacent to and near the phone company building property are slated to be transformed into...
    SAN JOSE — In a bid to get San Jose’s final blessings on its broad downtown vision, Google has offered to pony up $200 million in community benefits as part of its plans to build a transit-oriented village where as many as 20,000 people could work. The proposal includes money for anti-displacement efforts and affordable housing, two urgent concerns that have galvanized the community. Some previous critics of the  project said the new proposal is a significant step forward. “While working in collaboration with the city and our community to transform our western downtown into a vibrant urban village, Google has also crafted a new national model for transforming the relationship between tech and the surrounding community,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in an interview. Google has proposed the development of a transit-oriented neighborhood near the Diridon train station and SAP Center that would include office buildings, homes, shops, restaurants, activity hubs, cultural centers, hotel facilities and open spaces. Gateway section near Water Company Building within Google’s Downtown West transit-oriented neighborhood in downtown San Jose, concept. // Google The details released...
    SAN JOSE — A housing development that could sprout at a prime downtown San Jose site has cleared a key hurdle with the purchase of parcels for the project near Google’s proposed transit village. Urban Catalyst, acting through an affiliate, has bought several parcels that together would provide the land needed for the project in downtown San Jose. UC Madera Owner, the Urban Catalyst-led affiliate that bought the property, purchased the sites at the corner of West San Carlos Street and Josefa Street, according to Santa Clara County documents filed on Dec. 23. The developer paid $10.2 million for the parcels, the property documents show. With the purchase, Urban Catalyst has steered past an important milestone in its efforts to develop the residential project. The development would rise within a few blocks of the footprint of the huge Downtown West mixed-use neighborhood that Google has proposed near the Diridon train station and the SAP Center. Madera @ Downtown West, as the Urban Catalyst project is known, would consist of 139 residential units, according to a post on the developer’s website....
    SAN JOSE — Google’s game-changing transit village in downtown San Jose has captured high marks in a “report card” from a key community group that seeks to influence and promote good development efforts in Silicon Valley. Downtown West, a transit-oriented neighborhood that Google has proposed in downtown San Jose, garnered one of the highest-score report cards for development ever issued by local organization Catalyze SV. “This is a truly transformational project that will serve as the heart of a brand-new vibrant transit-oriented neighborhood,” Catalyze SV stated in an overall assessment of Google’s project, which is proposed to sprout within a footprint near the Diridon train station and SAP Center. Google has proposed a village of office buildings, homes, restaurants, shops, hotel rooms, entertainment hubs, cultural centers, and open spaces where the search giant would employ up to 20,000 people on the western edges of downtown San Jose. Catalyze SV issued a report card with an average score of 4.29 points out of 5 possible points, based on the group’s assessment of how the project addresses seven categories. The highest score...
    SAN JOSE — Google unveiled on Wednesday its most detailed vision yet for a transit-oriented neighborhood in downtown San Jose, a game-changing development that bids to reshape the west edges of the city’s urban core while still blending in with adjacent communities. Downtown West, Google’s village, would add new offices, homes, and amenities in downtown San Jose near the Diridon train hub, and pave the way for a big increase in affordable housing and green development, documents the search giant filed Wednesday with the city show. “We’re excited about this next step in our project, which incorporates feedback from thousands of people over the last two years and provides another opportunity for community input,” said Alexa Arena, Google’s development director for San Jose. The mile-long project would be a city within a city. It would include 7.3 million square feet of offices, 4,000 residential units, shops, restaurants, a hotel, 10 parks, cultural and entertainment hubs, and immersive and interactive educational elements. Google could employ up to 25,000 on the site. “This is the next level of development for San Jose,”...
    SAN JOSE — City officials said Friday they have delayed the release of a crucial report about a Google transit village proposed for downtown San Jose, saying the game-changing project is so complex that more time is required to fashion the study. Google has proposed a transit-oriented neighborhood near the Diridon train station that would consist of offices, homes, shops, restaurants, hotel rooms, cultural hubs, entertainment centers, and open spaces where the search giant could employ 25,000 people. It’s anticipated that the project could be the largest — and most complicated — single development considered by the city of San Jose, and that complexity contributed to the delay. The next major step in the city planning process was an initial environment impact report about the Google village, officially known as Downtown West, that had been slated for release by the end of this month. However, a delay is necessary, said Rosalynn Hughey, San Jose’s director of planning, building, and code enforcement. “Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Downtown West project was planned for the end of August,”...
    SAN JOSE — A proposal for a new apartment complex near downtown San Jose’s Google transit village has been officially submitted to city planners, a development that suggests some projects are still moving forward despite coronavirus-spawned economic uncertainties. Urban Catalyst, an up-and-coming developer in Silicon Valley, has proposed a 157-unit apartment complex near the corner of West San Carlos Street and Gifford Avenue in downtown San Jose, a short distance from a mixed-use neighborhood proposed by Google that’s called Downtown West. “Other developments have stalled during the pandemic,” said Erik Hayden, founder of development firm Urban Catalyst, adding that his company intends to push ahead with its development efforts. San Jose-based Urban Catalyst is a real estate firm formed to create an investment fund that can capitalize on the tax savings made possible by opportunity zones. Just down the street from the site of the proposed Madera @ Downtown West apartments, Google has proposed a transit-oriented community of office buildings, hotel spaces, homes, shops, restaurants, cultural amenities, entertainment hubs, and open spaces where the search giant would employ 25,000 people near...
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