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Another downtown San Jose highrise project emerges after huge 2021 planning boom

Another downtown San Jose highrise project emerges after huge 2021 planning boom
Rendering Credit: WRNS Studio
By Wesley Severson - Published on January 11, 2022.

The next several years are going to be as transformative as ever for the downtown San Jose skyline with plans for at least a dozen high-rise projects being submitted to city planners last year alone. This year is expected to be similar with new plans coming in week after week. In fact, a project featuring a pair of towers was submitted to the city just days ago by busy Bay Area developer Urban Catalyst. The Mercury News reports that the developer is seeking to build “a 20-story office tower called ‘Icon’ and a 26-story housing highrise called ‘Echo.’" The residential tower would have 300 units, and the Icon office tower would total around 420,000 square feet.

Developers are now working to get all the land needed to make it a reality. “We are excited to close on our third of four properties for this assemblage. We anticipate closing on the fourth and final property toward the end of 2022,” Erik Hayden with Urban Catalyst told the Mercury News. The building would sit along East Santa Clara Street and also have frontage on North Fourth Street and East St. John Street. Urban. It’s unclear where the project stands so far with city planners or when it could be approved. 

Downtown San Jose is getting ready for an inevitable construction boom that could be one of the most aggressive in the United States, especially as the pandemic hopefully winds down. The Echo and Icon towers project is just one of 12 highrise developments that Hoodline has reported on in 2021 and 2022. We have put together a map of the downtown San Jose highrise projects that should be starting construction in the next year or two.  


Aside from the project reported on above, the others are: 

-A 24-story housing highrise called ‘Tower 27’ by developer Alterra Worldwide
-A 20-story officer tower called ‘Park Habitat’ by developers Westbank and Urban Community
-2, 20-story office towers called ‘The Orchard’ by developers Westbank and Urban Community
-An unnamed 25-story residential tower by developer Swensen
-2, Unnamed 20-story glass office towers by developer KT Urban
-A 9-story apartment building called [email protected] West’ by developer Urban Catalyst
-A 21-story, mixed-use building called ‘The Energy Hub’ by developers Westbank and Urban Community
-A housing tower of unknown height called ‘SoFA One’ by developers Nabr and Urban Community
-An unnamed 29-story housing tower by developer Roygbiv Real Estate
-2, 12-story residential buildings called ‘McEvoy & Dupont Towers’ by developers First Community Housing and Lendlease
-A 15-story office development called ‘250 Stockton’ by developers Imwalle Properties

Click to see the downtown San Jose highrise projects map which also includes renderings of all the projects.