San Jose Affordable Housing Development Gains Approval

A proposed project is moving forward with reduced building heights and all-affordable units.

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November 30, 2023, 9:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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An affordable housing development on county-owned land with close to 200 units is one step closer to breaking ground in downtown San Jose, “But some local housing advocates say the project isn’t ideal, citing height concerns and a reduction in the scope of the project,” reports Grace Hase in The Mercury News.

“Earlier this month, the county submitted its application to San Jose to develop the land. Because it meets certain qualifications for streamlined development under Senate Bill 35, the project won’t need approval from the San Jose City Council,” Hase explains. “The county-owned site at 675 E. Santa Clara St is being developed by the Core Companies and Eden Housing and includes 64 units of senior affordable housing, 113 units of multi-family affordable housing and 36 for-sale, below-market-rate townhomes.”

The original plan, which called for two four-story buildings and one 13-to-16 story building, was changed to now include one eight-story building, one five-story building, and one three-story building to address concerns about the project’s height. 

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