New redevelopment plans have emerged that would dramatically transform Cambrian Park Plaza at the intersection of Camden Avenue and Union Avenue in southwest San Jose. The older, modest, strip-mall style shopping center has a rotating carousel sign as its centerpiece. According to the Mercury News, the carousel will continue to be a part of the new plans for a village-type development, with low-income and senior housing, apartments, townhomes, stores, eateries, a hotel, and large gathering areas.
The new plan actually represents the fourth set of plans put forward for Cambrian Park Plaza.
In this latest round of revisions, the biggest change appears to be the relocation of some three-story houses that were going to be built a little too close to some pre-existing single-family homes on nearby Bercaw Lane. “This positive change was made to mitigate the negative impact to these neighbors. The new three-story homes, for the most part, will be adjacent to commercial buildings or multi-story single-family homes,” San Jose City Councilmember Pam Foley said in a web post about the plans after releasing them this week.
The Mercury News reports that final plans are expected to include at least six acres of public gathering spaces with an amphitheater. They also include a six-story building with 60,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and just over 300 apartments above. They also want to build a five-story hotel with nearly 230 rooms. The village is also expected to feature 165,000 square feet that would be dedicated to assisted senior living.
As far as how much public affordable housing will be available, the amount, if any, appears to be still in the planning stages. “Our office is requesting that the applicant build at least some affordable housing onsite. The applicant is still developing their affordable housing plan and will be submitting their intentions to the planning department when completed under a separate, future submittal,” Foley said.
Cambrian Park Plaza is now owned by Kimco Realty after it purchased Weingarten Realty who previously held the papers. “Kimco has retained the team from Weingarten to continue to lead the revitalization of the Cambrian Park Plaza. This project is still moving forward and the new owner continues to fine-tune their project,” Councilmember Foley said.