New hotel and housing to line West San Jose street

A major West San Jose development will bring the city’s Urban Village plan closer to reality — with hundreds of apartments and a hotel.

The Stevens Creek Promenade, located at Stevens Creek Boulevard and Lopina Way, was originally planned with four towers — three residential and one for office space. Now the developer, Miramar Capital, wants to axe the office space and instead construct a six-story hotel. The proposal is coming before the city’s planning commission on Wednesday, and is expected to be approved.

The project calls for three residential buildings with 580 units of affordable and market-rate housing, a 250-room hotel with ground floor retail, and an open space park area. The on-site parking — about 704 spaces for the new homes and hotel — would be provided in podium levels under each of the structures.

A major West San Jose development will bring the city’s Urban Village plan closer to reality — with hundreds of apartments and a hotel.

The Stevens Creek Promenade, located at Stevens Creek Boulevard and Lopina Way, was originally planned with four towers — three residential and one for office space. Now the developer, Miramar Capital, wants to axe the office space and instead construct a six-story hotel. The proposal is coming before the city’s planning commission on Wednesday, and is expected to be approved.

The project calls for three residential buildings with 580 units of affordable and market-rate housing, a 250-room hotel with ground floor retail, and an open space park area. The on-site parking — about 704 spaces for the new homes and hotel — would be provided in podium levels under each of the structures.

Scaling up

The redevelopment is one of many projects in West San Jose that fulfils the city’s Urban Village plan. Urban Villages are mixed-use areas in the city, with housing, commercial and office space to reduce traffic and balance the city’s jobs-to-house ratio. They are also designed to be walkable and developed along transit corridors. There are 60 Urban Villages planned in San Jose, including in areas such as North Capitol Avenue and near Oakridge Mall in south San Jose.

Other large projects in West San Jose include the Winchester Hotel, which is part of the Winchester Urban Village Plan, and the Costco planned for the Westgate Shopping Center on Prospect Road — a block away from El Paseo de Saratoga. Those projects have drawn sharp criticism from neighbors who say the scale doesn’t match the surrounding single-story home neighborhoods and would increase traffic.

Of the 580 housing units planned in the Stevens Creek Promenade, 173 will be affordable for various income levels.

“A good portion of the residential units are deed-restricted affordable units, which is a great benefit,” Patrick Kelly, a city planner, told San José Spotlight. “It’s redeveloping a highly underutilized site with more intentional use and it creates not only additional housing units, but also additional commercial square footage.”

Randy Shingai, a West San Jose resident since 1980, said the plans fit in the neighborhood and he’s excited to see more housing come online. Shingai said his biggest concern with bringing so many new homes to the area is scarce parking.

“There a bunch of parking spaces on Lopina Way that are always full by the people who work at the car dealerships nearby and live in the apartments behind,” Shingai told San José Spotlight. “I believe most of those parking spaces are lost. It’s not really clear exactly what the city intends to do.”

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