SAN JOSE — A new housing tower is slated to sprout about a block from a transit-oriented neighborhood Google is developing in downtown San Jose on a block that suddenly is a hotbed for residential highrises.
The latest proposal for the residential highrise at 543 Lorraine Ave. in San Jose envisions a tower that would be considerably higher than a project that was proposed on the same site in 2017.
Montgomery Plaza II, if it is built, would bring hundreds of housing units to a site about a block away from the southern section of the Downtown West development that Google has proposed for the area near the Diridon train station and SAP Center.
Among the main features of Montgomery Plaza II, according to plans filed at San Jose City Hall:
— 254 housing units. The original proposal from four years ago envisioned 70 residences.
— a 25-story tower. The prior plans called for an 11-story building.
Just a few doors down the street, another highrise, dubbed Montgomery Plaza I, was proposed this week.
Montgomery Plaza I would be built at 565 Lorraine Ave. This 21-story tower would include 126 residential units.
Montgomery Plaza II, a 25-story housing highrise at 543 Lorraine Ave. (left) and Montgomery Plaza I, a 21-story residential tower at 565 Lorraine Ave. (right) in downtown San Jose, concept. // Anderson Architects
San Francisco-based Roygbiv Real Estate Development has proposed both of the highrises on Lorraine Avenue. Campbell-based Anderson Architects is working with Roygbiv to develop the two towers.
Combined, the two highrises could provide 380 residential units. The proposals from about four years ago would have produced a total of 124 residences.
Both of the proposed towers will contain ground-floor retail.
“As is the case with the other tower, most of the units in Montgomery Plaza II will be affordable,” said Kurt Anderson, principal executive with Anderson Architects.
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Google is planning a transit-oriented neighborhood of offices, homes, hotel rooms, shops, and restaurants where the search giant could employ up to 20,000 workers.
The Downtown West development also could have numerous workers employed in building maintenance, as well as in the retail or hotel sites.
“A big development like Downtown West will require a large support staff,” Anderson said. “The affordable housing can definitely fill a need.”
Montgomery Plaza I, a 21-story residential tower at 565 Lorraine Ave. (left) and Montgomery Plaza II, a 25-story housing highrise at 543 Lorraine Ave. (right) in downtown San Jose, concept. // Anderson Architects
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