Downtown San Jose residential tower with rooftop pool eyes

SAN JOSE – On the site of the old Bo Town restaurant in downtown San Jose, a residential tower with amenities is to be built on the roof, which can also include an infinity pool.

The high-rise apartment building would add several hundred residential units and retail outlets on the ground floor and offer a range of rooftop amenities in line with the hip and trendy South First Area or SoFA neighborhood of downtown San Jose.

Located near the corner of South Second Street and East San Salvador Street, the 29-story tower is part of a series of new proposals from the real estate alliance of mega developer Westbank and local developer Gary Dillabough, who runs the San Jose-based development company urban community.

For the first time, plans for the development of the city of Bo at 409 S. Second St. have surfaced at San Jose City Hall, showing preliminary concepts for a seemingly striking building with numerous amenities to dangle in front of potential residents.

A total of 520 residential units would be included in the project, as plans show.

“Adding a high-rise of this quality in the SoFA district will help any developments in that area,” said Bob Staedler, chief executive of Silicon Valley Synergy, a land use and planning consultancy.

In addition to housing, the tower would include a total of 6,400 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. According to the plans, an underground car park would accommodate 194 parking spaces.

The first floor retail store would likely include a restaurant, as current plans show.

In addition to the lobby for the residences, a café and a potential fitness area such as a bicycle club are to be accommodated on the ground floor.

The second floor could include a pool lounge, library, general lounge, and meeting rooms.

The residences start on the third floor, as the plans show. The sizes range from about 530 square feet to about 1,100 square feet. The houses would have balconies or decks.

  • James KM Cheng Architects, Steinberg Hart

    BoTown Residential, a 29-story high-rise in downtown San Jose with retail stores on the ground floor at 409 and 425 S. Second St., Concept. A residential tower with amenities on the roof, including an infinity pool, is to be built at the selected location of the old Bo Town restaurant in downtown San Jose, a high-rise that could be a striking addition to the city’s skyline.

  • James KM Cheng Architects, Steinberg Hart

    BoTown Residential, a 29-story high-rise apartment building with retail stores on the ground floor at 409 and 425 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose, concept. A residential tower with amenities on the roof, including an infinity pool, is to be built at the selected location of the old Bo Town restaurant in downtown San Jose, a high-rise that could be a striking addition to the city’s skyline.

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  • James KM Cheng Architects, Steinberg Hart

    Rooftop location map for BoTown Residential, a 29-story skyscraper at 409 and 425 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose, Concept. A residential tower with amenities on the roof, including an infinity pool, is to be built at the selected location of the old Bo Town restaurant in downtown San Jose, a high-rise that could be a striking addition to the city’s skyline.

  • James KM Cheng Architects, Steinberg Hart

    BoTown Residential, a 29-story residential tower located at 409 and 425 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose, concept. A residential tower with amenities on the roof, including an infinity pool, is to be built at the selected location of the old Bo Town restaurant in downtown San Jose, a high-rise that could be a striking addition to the city’s skyline.

  • James KM Cheng Architects, Steinberg Hart

    BoTown Residential, a 29-story high-rise with retail stores on the ground floor at 409 and 425 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose, concept. A residential tower with amenities on the roof, including an infinity pool, is to be built at the selected location of the old Bo Town restaurant in downtown San Jose, a high-rise that could be a striking addition to the city’s skyline.

The floors with residential buildings usually offer 20 residential units on each level according to the plans.

The West Bank and Dillaboughs Urban Community company has made several proposals that, even separately, would represent significant development for downtown San Jose.

If they are all built, they could usher in profound changes in the urban core of the largest city in the Bay Area. Westbank has gained worldwide recognition as a developer under the leadership of its founder, Gillespie. Dillabough has grown into one of the most active developers in downtown San Jose.

One of the projects is a revision of the historic office tower of the Bank of Italy at 12 S. First St.

The brand new developments would take place in the Fountain Alley parking lot at 35 S. Second St., on the Davidson office building near the State Route 87 interchange and West Julian Street, and on the Bo Town property.

In addition, the Westbank and Urban Community jointly own the selected Valley Title property near the corner of South Second Street and East San Carlos Street, meaning another major proposal for this large property in downtown San Jose is in the works.

The roof of the BoTown Residential Tower is expected to offer several amenities.

Among the possible amenities shown in the plans:

– an “Infinity Edge Pool”

– gym

– convenience deck

– four outdoor grill rooms

– party room

– party deck

– Animal aid area

– Changing room

“This is exactly the kind of development that is required for a healthy and vibrant inner city,” said Staedler.

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