Caltrain looks at downtown San Jose towers near Google Transit Village

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SAN JOSE — A huge complex of office towers, shops, restaurants, entertainment centers and plazas could spring up in downtown San Jose near areas where Google plans a transportation-focused neighborhood by common.

Caltrain’s board has proposed a project on a site adjacent to Diridon Station and the footprint of Google’s future village, which is officially called Downtown West, according to documents filed with the San Francisco Planning Department. Joseph.

“This project will create more than 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space and active uses on the ground floor at the Caltrain site,” said a planning document provided to the Caltrain organization. press by the Peninsula Joint Powers Board, Caltrain’s governing body.

Thousands of people could potentially work in the offices that the two towers would house.

Congregation areas that would be part of a project totaling 1.2 million square feet of office, restaurant and retail space near Diridon Station in downtown San Jose, concept. The transit station is visible in the background. (Perkins&Will, Arup)

“Developing next to Downtown West and public transit is a smart bet,” said Bob Staedler, chief executive of Silicon Valley Synergy, a land-use planning consultancy. “It would give workers a way to get to work without getting into their car.”

The Joint Powers Board believes its proposal is consistent with the city plan for the Diridon Station area and the Downtown West neighborhood of office buildings, homes, stores, restaurants, hotel rooms , open spaces, cultural loops and entertainment hubs that Google intends to build. .

A site plan for the development shows a north tower and a south tower flanking a plaza that would act as a connector between the station and a section of Google’s Downtown West village.

“Ground floor amenities and open public spaces have been planned and located to be compatible” with the surrounding areas to create “a seamless whole,” the proposal states.

The Joint Powers Board aims to make space between the two towers a bustling section of downtown San Jose.

Proposed development site for a downtown San Jose project totaling 1.2 million square feet near Diridon Station, shown in outline.  The limits are approximate.  (Google Maps)
Proposed development site for a downtown San Jose project totaling 1.2 million square feet near Diridon Station, shown in outline. The limits are approximate. (Google Maps)

“Situated across Cahill Street from Diridon Station, the site provides an open public space with iconic artistic elements, a comfortable pedestrian environment and vibrant activities along the building facades,” the planning documents state.

Each of the two towers would include several terraces that could be gathering places for office workers.

Potentially, 5,000 to 6,000 people could work in the offices, based on typical ratios of square footage for each employee.

In Google’s proposed Downtown West neighborhood footprint, the search giant could employ up to 25,000 people.

The proposal suggests construction on the project could begin in early 2024 if San Jose officials approve development plans.

Site work and demolition are scheduled for the first quarter of January to March 2024. Construction would be completed by the third quarter of July to September 2026.

In total, about 30 months would be required for the construction work, the Joint Powers Board said in its submission.

Concept images of the buildings and plaza of the development suggest that the project would create a close connection to the nearby train station as well as downtown San Jose in general.

“The development will support transit ridership around Diridon Station by cultivating an accessible arrival experience and providing an inspiring and collaborative work environment,” the planning documents state.

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