The 18-story office tower in downtown San Jose OK with roof gardens

A storefront office tower with roof gardens could soon rise in the heart of downtown San Jose and dramatically change the skyline of the Bay Area’s largest city.

The San Jose City Council unanimously approved the Sobrato Organization’s proposal on Tuesday to construct an 18-story office building with cascading glass facades on the corner of Market and West San Carlos across from Cesar Chavez Park.

The building – called Market Street Towers – will bring around 482,000 square feet of office space, 12,771 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and up to six floors of parking space to the 1.49 hectare site, which currently houses an above-ground parking lot.

“Having owned this website for many years, we are delighted to be here and look forward to bringing this unique, high quality property to the downtown core,” said Rob Tersini, Vice President of Real Estate Development at the Sobrato organization.

Now all the Sobrato organization has to do is find a tenant as it does not intend to build the building on schedule.

“We’re optimistic about getting out of COVID, but that’s still the case,” Tersini said in an interview on Tuesday.

The building, designed by the Miami-based architecture firm Arquitectonica, is intended to look like separate office towers at first glance, although in reality the four curved walls merge into a single high-rise.

After completion, two of the four parts of the building will have roof gardens with multi-storey terraces and seating areas.

A depiction of the Market Street Towers, an 18-story office building in downtown San Jose near the corner of South Market and West San Carlos. The project plans include retail stores on the ground floor and roof gardens.

Erik Schoennauer, a land use and real estate advisor who steered the proposal through the San Jose planning process, said the project will help the city achieve its work goals and add more pedestrian vitality to the SoFA district and Plaza de Cesar Chavez to lend.

He extolled the building’s “world-class architectural design” as a key feature.

“The appearance of four different towers and the transformation into a single building – it differs significantly from the history of San Jose with rectangular box structures in high-rise buildings in the city center,” said Schoennauer in an interview.

The building would face South Market, West San Carlos, and South First Streets and would share a property line with the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel – known as The Montgomery – and an apartment building to the north.

In an environmental impact report, the consultants found that the project would cause “significant and unavoidable shadows and shadows” on the Plaza de César Chávez to the west.

Nonetheless, Councilor Raul Peralez thanked the city staff and the Sobrato organization for their collaboration in creating a project that aims to improve the city’s inner city center more comprehensively.

“This has been a surface lot for a long time and it was certainly in the city’s interest to want to develop,” said Peralez during the council meeting on Tuesday evening.

A depiction of the Market Street Towers, an 18-story office building in downtown San Jose near the corner of South Market and West San Carlos. The project plans include retail stores on the ground floor and roof gardens.

In addition to changing the San Jose skyline, the office tower has the potential to force changes with city regulations.

During the planning process for Sobrato’s Market Street Towers building, the developer was forced to change plans so as not to encroach on public right of way – in midair.

Due to the structure’s unique sinuous design, some elements of the building would protrude above the street several dozen feet above the ground, which the city’s building codes do not allow.

To make this possible, Mayor Sam Liccardo instructed the city’s attorney to revise the city’s ordinance to comply with the International Building Act, which allows intervention more than 15 feet above the ground.

“We’re already so constrained by height restrictions and our airport that the architects’ ability to get more creative and expand will really be essential.” The squat, boxy skyline you see today is really going to be more crucial Be meaning. He said during the meeting.

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