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Three big downtown San Jose projects advance, adding hundreds of homes

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SAN JOSE — Three large projects in downtown San Jose have received final city approval in a decision allowing them to build over 900 homes and hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space.

The City Council has approved the Icon/Echo office and residential tower complex, Bo Town residential tower and SuZaCo office and retail projects. If built in part or all, the project is poised to significantly revamp a major section of downtown San Jose.

Together, these projects will add an estimated 929 residential units and an estimated 607,800 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space in downtown San Jose, according to documents and agendas filed with city officials.

Chris Burton, Director of Planning for San Jose, said: “It demonstrates the city’s vision for downtown’s vibrant, multi-purpose environment.”

A concept on the upper floors of the Orchard Residential Tower at 409 S. Second Street in downtown San Jose. A high-rise residential development is being developed adjacent to Bowtown’s long-standing restaurant site. (JKMC Architects + Steinberg Hart) (JKMC Architects + Steinberg Hart)

Here’s what each project can produce:

  • Icon/Echo consists of two towers. The 26-story Echo Tower will house 389 residences, while the 20-story Icon Office Tower will total 525,000 square feet. The project will include 8,500 square feet of retail on East Santa Clara Street, North Fourth Street and East St. John Street. Urban Catalyst is a developer.
  • A 30-story residential tower with 540 residential units and 7,400 square feet of ground floor retail, Orchard Residential will be built at 409 S. Second St. next to the former Bowtown Restaurant. Bo Town’s properties are saved as part of the project. An alliance of giant developer Westbank and local developer Urban Community, led by Gary Dillabeau and Jeff Arilaga, is leading the project.
  • SuZaCo is a mixed-use complex located at 130 to 150 E. Santa Clara St. and 17 S. Fourth St. with four and six floors of office and restaurant-focused retail buildings totaling 75,300 square feet. This includes 67,900 square feet of offices and 6,300 square feet of retail and a rooftop bar. The historic State Meat Building façade will be preserved. Bayview Development is building the project.
Suzaco is a proposed mixed-use development of office and retail buildings at the corner of South Fourth Street and East Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose. You can see the facade of the former National Meat Market building.
Suzaco is a proposed mixed-use development of office and retail buildings at the corner of South Fourth Street and East Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose. You can see the facade of the former National Meat Market building. (RMW Architecture Interiors)

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