New tower under construction one block from Google Village in downtown San Jose

SAN JOSE – A new residential tower is to be built around a block from a traffic-oriented neighborhood that Google is developing in downtown San Jose on a block that is suddenly a hotbed for high-rise apartment buildings.

The latest proposal for the high-rise apartment building on Lorraine Ave. 543 in San Jose envisions a tower that would be significantly taller than a project proposed in the same location in 2017.

Montgomery Plaza II, if built, would bring hundreds of residential units to a lot about a block from the southern portion of Downtown West, which Google has proposed for the area near Diridon train station and the SAP Center.

According to plans submitted to the San Jose City Hall, key features of the Montgomery Plaza II include:

– 254 residential units. The original proposal from four years ago was for 70 apartments.

– a 25-story tower. The previous plans were for an 11-story building.

Another skyscraper called Montgomery Plaza I was proposed just a few doors down this week.

Montgomery Plaza I would be built at 565 Lorraine Ave. This 21-story tower would contain 126 residential units.

Montgomery Plaza II, a 25-story high-rise apartment building at 543 Lorraine Ave. (left) and Montgomery Plaza I, a 21-story high-rise apartment building at 565 Lorraine Ave. (right) in downtown San Jose, concept. // Anderson Architects

Roygbiv Real Estate Development, based in San Francisco, has proposed both high-rise buildings on Lorraine Avenue. Anderson Architects from Campbell is working with Roygbiv on the development of the two towers.

Together, the two high-rise buildings could offer 380 residential units. The proposals from about four years ago would have resulted in a total of 124 apartments.

Both of the planned towers will contain retail on the ground floor.

“As with the other tower, most of the units in Montgomery Plaza II will be affordable,” said Kurt Anderson, senior executive at Anderson Architects.

Google is planning a traffic-oriented district with offices, apartments, hotel rooms, shops and restaurants, in which the search giant could employ up to 20,000 workers.

The Downtown West development could also employ numerous building maintenance workers as well as the retail or hotel locations.

“A big development like Downtown West requires a big support person,” said Anderson. “The affordable living space can definitely meet a need.”

Montgomery Plaza I, a 21-story residential tower at 565 Lorraine Avenue (left) and Montgomery Plaza II, a 25-story high-rise residential building at 543 Lorraine Avenue (right) in downtown San Jose, concept. // Anderson Architects

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