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Old October 16th, 2019, 11:46 PM   #24201
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Japantown Corp Yard project rising above the sidewalk:
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Old Yesterday, 02:09 AM   #24202
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2 options that this same Hotel chain has in their design book.

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The problem with your post is that it ignores the reality of how these hotel franchises come to fruition in any given situation. Take this hotel as an example, the Home2 suites hotel by Hilton. The developer here in downtown may have chosen this particular brand for a reason. I believe it's likely that the local developer here had to get a major brand like Hilton to agree to the complex terms in allowing the Stage Co. to operate & own a significant part of this development.



As for the design of this Home2 Suites by Hilton, don't expect any major design changes to occur since a major hotel operator like Hilton has the final say over how this brand will look in its final iteration. Here's a link that shows how this particular Hilton brand looks throughout the U.S.

https://www.hilton.com/en/locations/home2/
Scrolling down the left side of the page, 11 pages in total shows you the striking similarity of most of these Home2 Suites design. If finances allow, maybe some minor design changes to enhance the look of the final iteration will happen, but I wouldn't bet on it.

So, given the financial resources available to our local developer here in DTSJ, this may have been the most financially viable choice. Note in the Mercury News article how Santa Clara County & Swenson had to bankroll part of this proposed development to get this future proposal off the ground. The financial reality in most cases governs what will & won't get built.

Because this hotel development will house a major ground floor live entertainment venue, there is one enhancement that I believe could be incorporated in the final design, a digital display on the top side of the hotel where there is a painted ballerina in the rendering. The SAP Center & the CPA both have digital displays highlighting current & coming events in front of their buildings.

Here's an example of how a digital display could go a long way in enhancing the visibility of the Stage Company venue.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300930906.html

This digital marketing display could take the place of the painted on ballerina. Also, the developer could use the digital display to earn additional revenues by advertising products or services as they now do at S.J. Airport.

Regardless of whatever happens, I think most residents that live here in the downtown core will be very pleased to see this development eventually get built so that it will ensure the long term viability of the Stage Company.
The Downtown Boise and Charlotte NC examples do look a bit more modern and Urban
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Old Yesterday, 03:40 PM   #24203
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Digital displays are proven to cause more road accidents, especially along fast roadways (like 280). So anything like this should not be visible from 280. Even better if SoFA became a ped/bike/transit only street, like SF just did to Market.
If you've ever driven on the (280) heading north or south, you would have a very hard time seeing lighting from this proposed william st. hotel unless you did some extreme rubber necking.

To your point about digital displays causing more road accidents, I think you must mean drivers texting while driving or looking at something on their smart phones while driving & not electronic billboards.

According to the National Safety Council:

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cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.

1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that's enough time to travel the length of a football field.

Texting while driving causes a 400 percent increase in time spent with eyes off the road.

According to a AAA poll, 94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.

21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

Teen drivers are 4x more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.

A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are 5x as likely.

2017 U.S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

3,166 people were killed by distracted driving in 2017

In 2017, there were 34,247 distracted driving accidents

15,341 drivers aged 15-29 were involved in fatal crashes due to distraction or cell phone use
https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-acci...tatistics.html

As a resident here in the downtown core for the past 10 years, the biggest problems that I see on almost on a daily basis are the following:

Drivers running red lights regularly.
Drivers texting while driving.
Drivers speeding way over the speed limit.
Bicycle riders running red lights on a regular basis.
Scooters running red lights on a regular basis.
Scooters riding erratically endangering pedestrians.
Pedestrians regularly jay walking & almost causing drivers to run them over.

It's surprising that a lot more people aren't killed or maimed here in DTSJ.
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Old Yesterday, 03:50 PM   #24204
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Virginia Studios Update

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/...y-development/

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A developer whose expertise includes affordable housing has proposed the development of several hundred studio units on a choice site near downtown San Jose and alongside Interstate 280.

The project, with a working title of Virginia Studios, is being planned for a 1.2-acre property at 295 E. Virginia St. near the corner of South Seventh Street, according to documents on file with San Jose city planners.

“We think this is a good project because there is a housing crisis in San Jose,” said Alexis Gevorgian, principal executive with AMG & Associates, a land development firm that specializes in both affordable and market-rate homes.

A total of 347 studio units would be built on the site, according to city planning documents. At present, the site is a vacant lot where some trucks and other vehicles are being parked. It┬’s also near ramps for Interstate 280.
Poster nerdymark first posted this three years ago: https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showp...73&postcount=1
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This will really clean up that corner.
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Old Yesterday, 06:51 PM   #24206
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If you've ever driven on the (280) heading north or south, you would have a very hard time seeing lighting from this proposed william st. hotel unless you did some extreme rubber necking.

To your point about digital displays causing more road accidents, I think you must mean drivers texting while driving or looking at something on their smart phones while driving & not electronic billboards.

According to the National Safety Council:



https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-acci...tatistics.html

As a resident here in the downtown core for the past 10 years, the biggest problems that I see on almost on a daily basis are the following:

Drivers running red lights regularly.
Drivers texting while driving.
Drivers speeding way over the speed limit.
Bicycle riders running red lights on a regular basis.
Scooters running red lights on a regular basis.
Scooters riding erratically endangering pedestrians.
Pedestrians regularly jay walking & almost causing drivers to run them over.

It's surprising that a lot more people aren't killed or maimed here in DTSJ.
Well, there's no fixing stupid (agree with your list above as being much more of concern - all involving stupid decisions).

I said that about digital billboards because I read an article that said where they replaced static billboards (in Texas I think it was) the number of distracted driver accidents went up in a statistically significant way.

Guess I should just say the city of SJ should not allow digital billboards oriented towards the freeways. Perhaps their already banned (since I haven't noticed one).
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Old Yesterday, 08:04 PM   #24207
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Well, there's no fixing stupid (agree with your list above as being much more of concern - all involving stupid decisions).

I said that about digital billboards because I read an article that said where they replaced static billboards (in Texas I think it was) the number of distracted driver accidents went up in a statistically significant way.

Guess I should just say the city of SJ should not allow digital billboards oriented towards the freeways. Perhaps their already banned (since I haven't noticed one).
while i'd agree that the signs shouldn't be oriented toward any freeway, there's actually a new city initiative to add digital billboards at city owned venues. i believe the first of which were installed recently at the airport. if the city is going to allow these signs on their property, it's going to be difficult for them to tell private property owners that they can't do the same.

https://www.sanjoseinside.com/2019/0...-to-cityscape/
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Armory to become an event center.

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Non Plus Ultra has struck a deal with Urban Community, a development firm led by Gary Dillabough and Jeff Arrillaga; and SVCreates, which invests in Silicon Valley arts organizations, to revive the historic San Jose Armory, in a move to bring an array of lively events to the site...Corporate events, weddings, and holiday parties are also planned at the San Jose Armory, located at 240 N. Second St.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/...s-artists/amp/
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