excellent visualization of my point! well done sir! not to nitpick, but the facchino property in the notch to the north of the station is being entitled for and additional 820 units and 340k sqft commercial. enough with the housing already!
what bart does with its station area land will be interesting. they'll likely take the best offer weather that's office or housing. it's more likely that they'll prioritize housing though like they're doing at their east bay redevelopments like west oakland, macarthur, north berkeley, walnut creek, etc. makes me wonder if they've seen the density comparisons you point out. if they do prioritize housing at the new south bay stations, they're missing a huge opportunity to make san jose a destination line rather than a commuter line. so much capacity goes unused during reverse commute times, why not focus on utilizing that to add riders? not everyone needs to be funneled through the tube to dtsf every morning.To be honest to maximize the value of the BART station it should be prioritizing office (and maybe some retail to serve said offices) within 1/4 mile of the station, while dense residential within the 1/2 mile around that. But VTA which I think owns the surface lots/empty lots labelled BART should also consider a landlease for office there as well as a long term play. Sure parking itself is not that useful, especially when compared to office, but some of that is necessary to get commuters into the station. But yeah, last mile, having work a less than 5 minute walk from the station would be ideal, and at 4-5 workers per 1000sqft, versus what 1.4 - 1.6 commuters per 1000sqft of residential. It becomes obvious what is the ideal. Granted you can't force anyone to work there, but it is better than forcing them not to by zoning all residential.