San Jose tower with hundreds of homes near Google village pushes ahead

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SAN JOSE — A San Jose housing tower with hundreds of homes has received the city’s approval and could sprout a few blocks from Google’s proposed Downtown West transit village.

The housing highrise would add 263 apartment homes to a site at 860 W. San Carlos St. in San Jose, which is a short distance from the Downtown West neighborhood that Google intends to develop.

The project is being jointly developed by two San Jose-based real estate firms, Swenson and Republic Urban Properties, and has now received the city entitlements that are required for the project to be built.

The newly approved residential project is the third of three housing complexes near the corner of West San Carlos Street and Sunol Street. Two of the three projects have been built on the site, which once was a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus maintenance and storage yard.

The three housing developments were born in 2006 when Republic Urban and Swenson’s Green Valley Corp. were selected as the preferred builders for the three-phase project. The VTA sold the land for the three phases of the development to the real estate venture.

“We were able to work with VTA to maximize the potential of this site and convert a portion of it from bare, underutilized land to much-needed housing close to transit,” said Case Swenson, president of Swenson.

The 12-story tower, which once was a 14-story highrise but was subsequently redesigned, will include 38 studio units, 19 junior one-bedroom units, 146 regular one-bedroom units, and 60 two-bedroom units, according to the Swenson firm.

If three residential projects take off as anticipated, they could go a long way to create a more lively corridor along West San Carlos Street between downtown San Jose and the two mega malls to the west, Westfield Valley Fair and Santana Row.

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