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The Ohlone Revived: New Life For Major Midtown San Jose Mixed-Use Project

The Ohlone lives.

A year after a major mixed-use project in San Jose's Midtown neighborhood seemed all but dead, the developer has reached a deal with the city that could set the stage for a groundbreaking by 2016.

"We are now proceeding forward," said Michael R. Van Every of Green Republic LLC, the joint venture that is developing the 8.25-acre project at West San Carlos and Sunol streets.

The San Jose Planning Commission later this month will consider a revised project proposal for the site, this time with support from city staff. It's a big change in tune from December 2013, when the parties involved seemed miles apart on key elements of the development and Green Republic pulled its proposal indefinitely. The sticking points threatened to delay construction on a blighted stretch of West San Carlos Street perhaps for years.

Key to getting the project back in gear: Allowing Green Republic — a partnership of Republic Urban Properties and Barry Swenson Builder — to build shorter wood-frame buildings in the first two phases, rather than more expensive towers. And a deal has been reached in which the city will gain property sooner, to allow the expansion of nearby Del Monte Park — a key sticking point and longtime community goal.

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