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Old October 17th, 2019, 12:46 AM   #24201
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Japantown Corp Yard project rising above the sidewalk:
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Old October 17th, 2019, 03:09 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 October 17th, 2019, 04:40 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 October 17th, 2019, 04:50 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. ItÂ’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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Old October 17th, 2019, 07:11 PM   #24205
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This will really clean up that corner.
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Old October 17th, 2019, 07:51 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 October 17th, 2019, 09:04 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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Old October 17th, 2019, 10:59 PM   #24208
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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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Old October 18th, 2019, 04:40 PM   #24209
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615 Stockton Ave. Hotel Project

Details for the proposed boutique hotel at 615 Stockton Ave. have emerged from the San Jose Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for this project.

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The project site includes two parcels at 615 Stockton Avenue and 623 Stockton Avenue. The project would demolish the commercial buildingat 615 Stockton Avenue and relocate the single-family residence at 623 Stockton Avenue to the southwest corner of the project site on Schiele Avenue. The project would also include General Plan Amendment to change the land use designation from Residential Neighborhood to Neighborhood/ Community Commercial on one parcel at 623 Stockton Avenue and Conforming Rezoning from Commercial Neighborhood Zoning District (CN) to Commercial Pedestrian Zoning District (CP) on both parcels to facilitate the development of a five-story, 120-room hotel.

The total square footage of the proposed project would be approximately 70,687 square feet (includes the 1,292 square foot structure at 623 Stockton Avenue). The project would have a maximum height of 59 feet and six inches to the top of the elevator and stair tower.





615 Stockton Avenue Hotel Project City of San Jose© Initial Study October 2019

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The ground level of the proposed building would have a bar/restaurant, a lounge, an athletic studio, meeting room, and a grab and go market. The project proposes a roof deck on the roof. The relocated building would be used for back of the house operations. The project would include two levels of below-grade parking . A total of 82 parking spaces is proposed. The project includes a transportation demand management (TDM) program to allow for a 50 percent parking reduction

It is anticipated that the project would be constructed in approximately 12 months.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 08:12 PM   #24210
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TDM at a hotel! Now we're getting somewhere.

(This is a .9 mile walk to Diridon and 1.3 miles to Adobe if anyone *ahem* wants to compare this to "suburban" hotel locations in the county)
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Old October 18th, 2019, 11:57 PM   #24211
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twitter is coming to santana row. they've subleased the office space above maggianos from broadsoft. could this be an indication that they're interested in the santana west project?
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/...VrQ3MifQ%3D%3D
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The San Francisco-based company has signed a new lease for office space at Santana Row in San Jose, three real estate industry sources told the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Twitter is leasing between 30,000 and 35,000 square feet of office space at Santana Row, the sources said. They said the company is subleasing all of the office space from global software company BroadSoft Inc., which was acquired by Cisco Systems early last year.

BroadSoft moved into 33,000 square feet of office space on the third floor of 3055 Olin Ave. in February 2017.
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Old October 20th, 2019, 06:02 AM   #24212
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At Ike's yesterday I saw a new handout for the Graduate:





Looks like they are having an open house on the 24th.
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Old October 21st, 2019, 09:27 AM   #24213
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@aphelion -- do you have access to this article: https://news.theregistrysf.com/priva...town-san-jose/ ?

It's about the 2nd/Reed hotel, but is paywalled.
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Old October 21st, 2019, 05:26 PM   #24214
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Level 10 Construction Timeline for Jay Paul Office Projects



34 months construction timeline with a completion date of September 2022.
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60 months to build out six 19 story office towers with a completion date of June 2026. With 5 levels of underground parking, hopefully they won't have the water table problems like the Miro site. Meanwhile, the two residential towers at 188 W. St. James Street will be celebrating five years of construction this coming February, 2020.

With 85,000 SF of outdoor rooftop terraces, I wonder if the developer is planning on building a rooftop lounge/restaurant that would be open to the public.
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Old October 21st, 2019, 06:05 PM   #24215
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Z & L Properties upgraded their website for marketing their 188 W. St. James development. The website has a lot more detailed info including a slick video
https://www.188weststjames.com/film/

A view of the 25-yard pool and hot tub.


Some great views from the balconies
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Old October 21st, 2019, 06:36 PM   #24216
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@aphelion -- do you have access to this article: https://news.theregistrysf.com/priva...town-san-jose/ ?

It's about the 2nd/Reed hotel, but is paywalled.
Yes, but unfortunately not really much new information that hasn't already been published by the Mercury News.

The article rehashes the following info:
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Proposed by a private developer—referred to as Richmond, Calif.-based Krishna Hotel San Jose LLC and associated with Mr. Rajen Patel of Milpitas—the project will be located at 605 South Second Street. In all, its footprint will total 90,623 square feet. In addition to the guest rooms, two levels of underground parking, are included. Hotel offices and maintenance rooms would be located on the first floor, while a meeting room and fitness center will be placed on level two. A 265 square foot outdoor patio for hotel patrons will provide an exterior amenity at the northeast corner of the site, near the intersection of East Reed and South Second streets.
Much of the article is spent talking about other hotel & residential projects that have been proposed in DTSJ such as the future Khanna Enterprises Le Meridian Hotel & the proposed Roxy Hotel on Almaden ave. & Santa Clara st. & the overall strength of the hotel market in San Jose.

The article concludes by saying;
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As of a February 2019 City of San Jose development report, there are currently more than 1,700 hotel rooms pending entitlement and over 900 rooms that are entitled but have yet to be constructed. The hospitality industry, notes the city, continues to support strong commercial growth throughout San Jose, driving valuation of new commercial construction to $401 million between 2017 and 2018. Hospitality development in particular is expected to remain strong, keeping pace with industrial and office development.
I think the Registry article was probably prompted by last months filing of the following Initial Study/Addendum in the city EIR files:

http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/87366

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34 months construction timeline with a completion date of June 2022.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/...gle-adobe/amp/

Parking garage demolition next week. Ground breaking next month.
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Old October 22nd, 2019, 12:15 AM   #24218
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This will be discussed this Wednesday during the Planning Commission meeting.

Special Use Permit to allow the demolition of existing on-site buildings, the removal one (1) non-ordinance size tree, and the construction of a 27-story, high-rise tower on an approximately 0.4-gross acre site located at the southeast corner of South 1st Street and East Reed Street (600 South 1st Street) , comprised of the following options:

1. Option 1: A mixed-use development of no more than 295 condominium units including a maximum of 290 residential condominium units and a maximum of five (5) commercial condominium units; or
2. Option 2: A co-living facility of no more than six (6) condominium units including a residential condominium unit for a Co-Living Facility with a maximum of 793 Bedrooms and a maximum of five (5) commercial condominium units
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This will be discussed this Wednesday during the Planning Commission meeting.

Special Use Permit to allow the demolition of existing on-site buildings, the removal one (1) non-ordinance size tree, and the construction of a 27-story, high-rise tower on an approximately 0.4-gross acre site located at the southeast corner of South 1st Street and East Reed Street (600 South 1st Street) , comprised of the following options:

1. Option 1: A mixed-use development of no more than 295 condominium units including a maximum of 290 residential condominium units and a maximum of five (5) commercial condominium units; or
2. Option 2: A co-living facility of no more than six (6) condominium units including a residential condominium unit for a Co-Living Facility with a maximum of 793 Bedrooms and a maximum of five (5) commercial condominium units
Hold up. Option B is up to "six" condos, but one would have up to a max of 793 bedrooms. I don't understand what that means. What are the other five? Is the Grad also a giant condo "unit," or is this condo set up for co-living unique to this project?
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Hold up. Option B is up to "six" condos, but one would have up to a max of 793 bedrooms. I don't understand what that means. What are the other five? Is the Grad also a giant condo "unit," or is this condo set up for co-living unique to this project?
this is the garden gate tower at the garden city construction site. option b is one co-living condo on the upper floors and 5 ground floor commercial condo's where the store owner would actually purchase the unit they would operate their business out of. axis has a few of these commercial condos on their ground floor as well, i believe it's how they got out of putting any retail at the site. the grad is entitled as 260 separate 4 bedroom units.
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