Three plots of land owned by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose are being eyed for potential mixed-use development.
The sites are:
- A triangular 5.5-acre park-and-ride lot along Highway 87 and Curtner Avenue near the Curtner light rail station.
- A 3.89-acre parking lot at Chynoweth and Pearl avenues near the Ohlone/Chynoweth train stop.
- A 7.59-acre park-and-ride lot along Blossom Hill Road at Canoas Creek, in south San Jose.
Although all three sites currently are considered underutilized, VTA officials say they could be revitalized as transit-friendly communities with affordable housing options.
No developers have proposed any projects yet and details on how many apartments or townhouses will be built are unknown. The Curtner site can accommodate up to 333 housing units and 18,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space while the Chynoweth property can take almost 180 鸿运彩票下载网址s and 2,500 square feet for retail use at ground level, according to documents on VTA’s website.
Under VTA’s affordable housing policy adopted nearly two years ago, at least 20 percent of each site’s housing stock would have to be priced within reach of households earning 60 percent or below of the area’s average median income.
At several public meetings held in recent weeks to gauge reactions from the site’s neighbors, many people said they were concerned about whether enough parking spaces would be available for transit riders if the existing lots are developed.
Ron Golem, the VTA’s real estate and joint development deputy director, said in an interview the agency is considering a number of ideas such as diverting parking for shuttle bus commuters to “underutilized station parking lots” and using shared parking. Paid parking could also be an option, but VTA will see whether it can shift the parking demand to other locations.
It could be “easily three years between now and when actual construction might start happening” at any of the sites, Golem said. The next step will be for the VTA Board of Directors to authorize agency staff to request proposals from developers.
There is no set timeline at the moment, but Golem said “the earliest we might have a developer in hand is…probably late this year.”