San Jose has long had dozens of boarded-up businesses lining the main drags of the city’s downtown core, giving way to unsightly scenes of blight, drug use and crime. As residents gripe about empty storefronts plaguing downtown’s streetscapes, Councilmember Raul Peralez, who represents downtown, has vowed to put an end to the drab storefronts by requiring landlords to register vacant downtown businesses and implementing a cost recovery fee on blighted properties.
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What’s Next for Planning in the Diridon Station Area?
This program has been converted into a Digital Discourse at SPUR, our new series of online events. To stay updated about the program and receive a link to join the discussion, please register below. San Jose approved a major area plan for the Diridon Station area in 2014. Since then, things have changed. While major transit investments are still being planned and developed, plans for an As ballpark fell through, Google decided to invest in a significant new mixed-use development that will exp...
Coronavirus: Google hits pause on huge Mountain View deal, San Jose efforts still underway
MOUNTAIN VIEW — A mega-deal for Google to buy 10 buildings in Mountain View from NortonLifeLock has been put on pause amid economic uncertainties unleashed by the coronavirus. Separately, however, Google is expected to still push forward with wide-ranging plans for expansion at multiple locations in San Jose, sources familiar with the tech titan’s expansion strategies say. Several huge potential job hubs for Google have sprouted in downtown San Jose and north San Jose, including a transit-ori...
Google’s Downtown San Jose Project Delayed by Pandemic – NBC Bay Area
Approval of Google’s planned downtown San Jose transit village project near Diridon Station has been put on hold until early 2021 as the city focuses on...
Jaguar Market ends grab-and-go grocery service
Jaguar Market has been canceled because of the health risk COVID-19 puts on students and employees; however, students will still have access to other grocery resources. “SJECCD determined, considering the current order and the uncertain spread of the virus, that it had to protect the health and safety of staff and
San Jose officials push efforts to eliminate empty downtown storefronts
San Jose has long had dozens of boarded-up businesses lining the main drags of the city’s downtown core, giving way to unsightly scenes of blight, drug use and crime. As residents gripe about empty storefronts plaguing downtown’s streetscapes, Councilmember Raul Peralez, who represents downtown, has vowed to put an end to the drab storefronts by...
Boston Properties Begins San Jose Office Project Development
Boston Properties BXP recently broke ground on a billion-dollar office project in downtown San Jose, per a Business Journal report. Particularly, this 1.1-million-square-foot office campus, Platform 16, near the Diridon Station and neighboring Google's planned mixed-use village on downtown's west side will offer a campus setting in an urban environment. The campus, designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will include three six-story office buildings, along the Guadalupe Ri...
British developer buys downtown San Jose housing site – Marin Independent Journal
Garden Gate Tower, a residential highrise in downtown San Jose, was approved a few months ago by the City Council, and now the new owner of the site is London-based Scape, a developer that speciali…
Google protesters disrupt future of downtown San Jose event
Protesters stormed a private event Friday morning at the Fairmont Hotel, disrupting a room full of influential city leaders, developers and stakeholders discussing the future of downtown San Jose..…
Introducing The Podlight: Who are the players in downtown San Jose?
We’re thrilled to introduce The Podlight, a new podcast collaboration by San José Spotlight and Silicon Valley Synergy. Over the next several days, we’ll release eight episodes of The Podlight featuring in-depth conversations with San José Spotlight reporters about South Bay policy, politics and government, delving into critical issues such as housing, technology, business, homelessness, land use and development. On the 1st episode of The Podlight, host Bob Staedler sits down with San José Sp...
Santana Row future plans
A new Silicon Valley Business Journal interview with a Federal Realty executive reveals ambitious plans for new eateries and development at the Row. Over the next few years, 13 new restaurants are planned! In 2020, we'll see Momosan Ramen & Sake and a new Hot Yoga studio. Some of the current retail spaces will be converted for other uses. For example, the two-story Urban Outfitters will be broken up into smaller spaces for new retail and restaurants. Federal Realty also plans to break ground ...
Diridon Neighbors Form Coalition to Shape Google-Spurred Growth
As downtown San Jose starts to rapidly evolve with taller buildings, an expanded public transit system and Google’s mega-campus, a few neighborhood groups have joined forces to make sure residents stay engaged through the revisioning process. The Diridon Area Neighborhood Group—that’s DANG, for short—launched Sept. 9 and is made up of the Shasta/Hanchett Park, Delmas Park and North Willow Glen neighborhood associations. The three areas converge right at the doorstep of Google’s prospective do...
Several Bay Area Cities Vow to Investigate Misconduct Claims Against Downtown Streets Team
At least six public agencies are re-evaluating contracts with the tax-exempt homeless services provider in light of the allegations.
Downtown Streets Team Faces Claims of Hard-Partying Work Culture, Gender Discrimination
Zia MacWilliams left DST because of what she describes as a toxic culture that promoted heavy drinking and tolerated discrimination.
Plans for San Jose’s Diridon Station area push forward https://sanjosespotlight.com/plans-for-san-joses-diridon-station-area-push-forward/
Plans for San Jose's Diridon Station area push forward
This week was a big one for the area around San Jose’s Diridon Station, a busy transit hub where Google has submitted plans for a massive new campus, drawing other developers with their own projects as city planners race to keep up with it all. And as city planners this week collected the last questions...
Vision unveiled for new San Jose Diridon Station “world class transit hub” – East Bay Times
The plan features elevated tracks above downtown San Jose roadways, two large concourses and public squares for cyclists and pedestrians.
Pioneering downtown San Jose developer Kimball Small dies
Most San Joseans today may not know the name Kimball Small, but they most certainly know the pioneering developer-turned-tech-entrepreneur’s work in the city’s downtown core. Small, who developed the iconic, luxury Fairmont Hotel, the nearby retail pavillion and 50 West San Fernando (often called the KQED building), died peacefully Oct. 11. He was 84. “He came, and his personality was pretty much bigger than life,” said longtime downtown San Jose developer Phil DiNapoli. “He had many friends,...
San Jose’s 10th Street Distillery is a small-batch success: Pizarro
CLICK HERE if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device When Virag Saksena was 5 years old, his father gave him a sip of his Scotch and soda hoping a small taste would persuade the boy to avoid the perils of whiskey. Boy, did that backfire. This summer, Saksena and his business partner Vishal Gauri — both engineers — opened 10th Street Distillery in a non-descript industrial park a few miles south of downtown San Jose. It’s there that their small operation produces about a barrel...
Four Trends Shaping the Future of Downtown San Jose
San Jose — long known as the bedroom community for Silicon Valley — has struggled to grow its job base. But four new trends in downtown development may be about to change that. In 2014, SPUR made recommendations for how to encourage growth downtown. Five years later, we are seeing these ideas unfold — with positive indications for San Jose’s financial footing.
Google Submits Specific Proposal to Redevelop 'Diridon Station' Area
The city of San Jose on Friday began evaluating Google’s controversial plan to redesign parts of downtown. The proposal submitted by the tech giant is the most detailed yet in what has been an evolving...
San Jose Downtown Association meeting took an unexpected turn
A roomful of San Joseans gathered inside a church hall Friday to hear about the state of downtown amid a rapidly changing landscape from a longtime Silicon Valley leader. Instead, they got an earful about a labor-backed measure that Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, called “devious” and “duplicitous.” The initiative,...
Backyard San Jose gets a little more user-friendly
Backyard San Jose, the pop-up community garden and event space in downtown San Jose, has become a little easier to access since it opened last month. I’m told that you no longer need to download an app to RSVP for events held in the space next to Fountain Alley on South Second Street, which was opened by the We Company — formerly WeWork. You can do that in person, if space is available. A schedule of events and activities are also listed on the website, backyardsj.com, as well as on the app. ...
‘American Idol’ hopefuls chase the dream in San Jose
For all we know, the next Kelly Clarkson or Adam Lambert might have been in San Jose on Friday. That was the hope, at least, as hundreds of “American Idol” aspirants waited in a long lines at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center to prove that they’ve got the pipes to rock the record charts. Continuing their exhaustive search for the next pop superstar, producers for the iconic TV singing competition held an open audition session. San Jose is one of 22 cities on the show’s national tryout ...
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Hotel De Anza in downtown San Jose joins Hyatt Hotels chain https://bayareane.ws/32qcTrC pic.twitter.com/xOOqBq5Nyw
Google’s San Jose megaplan: Up to 25,000 new jobs, 5,000 homes
Google’s Diridon Station plan calls for 6.5 million square feet of office, between 3,000 and 5,000 new homes, and 500,000 square feet of retail, hotel and other cultural uses, along with 15 acres of parks.
Multiple fires near Downtown San Jose create arson concerns for neighbors
A recent string of fires has neighbors on edge in the South Bay. Just Wednesday, eight grass fires broke out near Remillard Court in San Jose, not far from Highway 280.
For Three Decades, City-Funded Artwork Has Largely Excluded San Jose’s Homegrown Talent
In 2012, San Jose announced a new public art initiative intended to make downtown look more like people’s expectations of Silicon Valley. Funded with a $600,000 grant from ArtPlace America, “Illuminating Downtown” tasked artists with literally lighting up the heart of the city by using a trove of donated LED lights from Philips Lumileds. “Illuminating Downtown” went live a few years later with its first three pieces. Then-Seattle-based artist Dan Corson dressed two Highway 87 underpasses with...
New ‘Backyard’ opens in San Jose’s once-seedy Fountain Alley http://www.mercurynews.com/new-backyard-opens-in-san-joses-once-seedy-fountain-alley
New ‘Backyard’ opens in San Jose’s once-seedy Fountain Alley
The We Company — you knew them as WeWork — has opened Backyard San Jose, a game-changing, pop-up garden in the lot next to Fountain Alley in downtown San Jose. Through Oct. 31, Backyard — bordered by cardboard tubes and green plants — will feature more than 200 events like movies, concerts, wellness activities like yoga and zumba, and yard games for kids. Inside, there are rotating food trucks (including meatless products from the Beyond Company), as well as beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee...
Rash of Suspected Arson Fires Has Downtown San Jose Residents on Edge
A rash of apparent arson fires have some San Jose neighborhood groups around the downtown area scared and upset.
Google gains full control of downtown San Jose village sites
Google bought out its real estate partner for a downtown San Jose transit village by purchasing roughly five-dozen properties near the Diridon train station, a move that one expert deems to be an encouraging milestone in the development of the mega project.
Downtown San Jose Intersection Transforming Into Site For High-Rise Housing Amid Concerns – CBS San Francisco
The housing crisis has sent communities scrambling to increase their housing stock and now, developers are flocking to downtown San Jose where the activity at one intersection promises to transform the entire area.
Housing, restaurant project set to sprout in downtown San Jose
A mixed-use housing and retail complex that will bring downtown San Jose more than 100 new homes and an enticing restaurant concept is set to begin construction within weeks near the city's convention center.
South FIRST FRIDAYS
FIRST FRIDAYS @ArtWalkSJ August 2nd 7pm–11pm at @SuhaSuha_Art Gallery 45 E. Williams St. Artist reception: @ South Bay 2” by Suha Suha Come and see our funny digital photography featuring South Bay neighborhoods “@ South Bay 2” show. Share your San Jose… https://ift.tt/2OsoynM pic.twitter.com/4OOgRNBloY
Behind Adobe’s bold plan to build an all-electric building
Many questions remain, including what technologies will play a role and the projected price tag.
A tale of two cities: How SF and San Jose are approaching co-living projects
One reason developers have been slow to build co-living projects in San Francisco is the city’s 2013 decision to require “group home” projects to meet the same affordable housing requirements as other market-rate developments. The decision killed a project that developer Build Inc. and co-living provider Open Door proposed at 1532 Harrison St. The proposal called for 235 micro-suites organized around 28 shared living spaces. “Overnight the board killing our project — we reverted to tradition...
Zoom Expands Its Lease at KBS’ The Almaden to More than 87,000 Square Feet
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--KBS, one of the largest owners of commercial real estate, announced today that Zoom Video Communications, Inc., a video-first unified communications provider, renewed and expanded its lease to 87,025 square feet at The Almaden in San Jose, California. The property is owned by KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III. The Almaden is a fully-leased, three-building office park located on 5.81 acres in Downtown San Jose. Recently renovated, the property encompa...
San Jose Stage Company Presents the International Sensation Abba Smash Hit Musical Mamma Mia! – Artvoice
San Jose Stage Company (Randall King, Artistic Director and Cathleen King, Executive Director) has announced the cast and creative team for the final production of The Stage’s 36th Anniversary Season, the smash hit ABBA musicalMAMMA MIA! The production run from May 29 – July 7, 2019 at San Jose Stage Company (490 South 1st Street, San…
7 million square feet of office space coming to downtown San Jose: mayor
SAN JOSE — Millions of square feet of office space, enough to nearly double the size of downtown San Jose’s office inventory, is in the development pipeline, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Friday. “We have more than 7 million square feet of office space in the pipeline,” Liccardo said during an update of the San Jose Downtown Association. “And that doesn’t count anything that Google winds up building.” Google is planning a transit-oriented village near the Diridon train station consisting o...
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First Slice of Opportunity Zone in Downtown Has Been Bought - http://ow.ly/xjhe50uu5qh pic.twitter.com/31Y4YJJP0L
Downtown San Jose mega campus emerges near convention center
A mega campus of office towers and retail spaces that would be the size of two regional shopping malls has begun to take shape in downtown San Jose across from the city's convention center.
Village plans take shape near downtown San Jose on county property – East Bay Times
A new mixed-use village would sprout on East Santa Clara Street between 14th and 17th streets on the site of the old San Jose Hospital, under a plan proposed by the county that would help create mo…