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Plans emerge for new North San Jose housing village and possible grocery store

Plans emerge for new North San Jose housing village and possible grocery store
Rendering via KTGY Architecture
By Wesley Severson - Published on December 01, 2021.

A huge, village-type neighborhood that would consist of almost 1,500 new residences is now being proposed in North San Jose. The development would take the place of some orchards that have been sitting near the corner of Seely Avenue and Montague Expressway for decades. The area already has a big tech presence and could help heavy hitters like Amazon, Google, and Apple, which already have offices in the area, implement their recent expansion plans.

According to the Mercury News which obtained city planning documents, developers want to build 1,473 residences on the 22-acre property which has the address of 2620 Seely Avenue, and other addresses including 681 E. Trimble Road. 1,147 would be apartments going for market rate, 172 would be affordable units, and 154 would be townhomes that would be put up for sale. There would also be an estimated 53,800 square feet of retail space scattered around the mixed-use village. The commercial space would be enough to house a new grocery store. There would also be a centralized public park.

“This will be a great new neighborhood. This is exactly what the city wants in north San Jose, a mixed-use, high-density new neighborhood,” Erik Schoennauer told the Mercury News. Schoennauer is a property consultant being used by the developers of the project who are listed as The Hanover Co., SummerHill Homes, and The Pacific Companies. The developers don’t own all the land needed to start building, but they have a deal in place right now to buy one of the 11-acre parcels that would eventually become the building site. 

Plans for the development are still in the preliminary planning stages with the city. No timelines for construction or city approvals appear to have been set. There is one popular business on the property. According to Yelp, people across Santa Clara County have been enjoying the fresh produce from the Tsukuda Fruit Stand since the 1960s. The fate of the fruit stand remains unclear, but planning documents don’t appear to mention the need to remove it.