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Eye-catching office towers in downtown San Jose move closer to reality

Eye-catching office towers in downtown San Jose move closer to  reality
Photo Credit: Westbank
By Wesley Severson - Published on July 28, 2021.

It seems like every week we hear about plans for a new high-rise building in downtown San Jose. This week is no different. This time a pair of dazzling office towers complete with shopping, restaurants, entertainment areas, and plazas is now moving forward into the public review process, according to Mercury News.

Developers Westbank and Gary Dillabough’s Urban Community have come together to create what they are calling “The Orchard.” The centerpiece will be two 20-story office buildings that will each contain an ambitious amount of ground-floor commercial space. 

They will be built along East San Carlos Street at the intersections of South First Street and South Second Street in the SoFA district of downtown San Jose. “300 S. First St. is adjacent to the convention center, bridging a neighborhood activated by students and a vibrant arts and culture district,” the developer Westbank stated to Mercury News.

The spaces add up to about 1.4 million square feet with 50-thousand of that set aside for retail and community space. Plans also call for a large public gathering space near the high-rises where events can be held and where people can hang out when there are performances at the nearby California Theater. There also appear to be plans for up to two sky bridges that would connect the towers.

The location of the towers is in the middle of an area that is undergoing large-scale revitalization. Hoodline reported on plans for 3 huge, new developments this month, including two eye-catching glass towers, that will dramatically change the core of downtown San Jose. The goal is to get more people to live and work downtown near public transit.

The city stated recently that it is now undergoing a full environmental review of “The Orchard.” Public input on the project is scheduled to be heard on August 16th at a virtual community meeting with city of San Jose officials.