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 totaling 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 Valley 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-bedroom units and 112 two-bedroom units, 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.”