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Google eyes hundreds of downtown San Jose homes over BART station site – The Mercury News


SAN JOSE — Google intends to build several hundred homes on a downtown San Jose parcel atop the proposed site of a future BART station near the existing Diridon transit hub, public records show.

The development would occur on a parcel whose addresses include 574 W. Santa Clara St. that is across the street from the SAP entertainment and sports center, according to documents posted by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

“Up to 500 units of high-rise residential in air rights development above the Diridon BART station with 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, commercial and service use” are the key components of the Google project, the VTA documents show.

It’s well-known that Google is planning a mixed-use neighborhood of office buildings, homes, shops, restaurants, hotel facilities, entertainment hubs and cultural sites on the western edges of downtown San Jose near the Diridon train station.

The search giant expects to employ up to 20,000 workers in the transit-oriented village, which is called Downtown West.

What hasn’t been disclosed in detail is how much square footage or how many residential units Google might develop at any particular parcel in the Downtown West project.

That’s because Google has yet to file with San Jose planners specific development proposals for particular sites.

In this case, Google wants to obtain from VTA air rights to develop a project over the location of the future underground BART stop on West Santa Clara Street near the Diridon train station, the transit documents show.

Up to 125 parking spaces would be included in the residential and retail development.

Site of a potential Google-developed residential project of 500 homes with addresses that include 574 W. Santa Clara St. in downtown San Jose, shown within the outline. The SAP Center is visible at the top of the image. Boundaries are approximate. (Google Maps)



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