Downtown San Jose residential towers may sprout near Google transit village

By GEORGE AVALOS | gavalos@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: November 8, 2017 at 7:31 am | UPDATED: November 8, 2017 at 9:30 am in The Mercury News

SAN JOSE — A plan for two new residential towers to rise near a proposed transit-oriented Google village would bring a touch of Manhattan and big-city dwelling, along with badly needed housing, to downtown San Jose.

Conceptual images of the Montgomery 7 residential high rise near the corner of South Montgomery Street and Lorraine Avenue near Diridon transit station. Two new residential towers are being planned in downtown San Jose that will bring a touch of Manhattan and big-city dwelling, along with badly needed housing, to the borders of a proposed transit-oriented Google village.  Anderson   Architechs

Conceptual images of the Montgomery 7 residential high rise near the corner of South Montgomery Street and Lorraine Avenue near Diridon transit station. Two new residential towers are being planned in downtown San Jose that will bring a touch of Manhattan and big-city dwelling, along with badly needed housing, to the borders of a proposed transit-oriented Google village.
Anderson Architechs

Together, the two high rises would bring about 125 residential units and both would be within a block of the Google office campus near Diridon Station and the SAP Center.

“This is happening right across from Google village,” said Kurt Anderson, principal executive with Campbell-based Anderson Architects, which designed the towers.

The high rises are being developed by a group of Bay Area realty investors, Anderson said.

One residential tower would be 10 stories, built at 565 Lorraine Ave. near the corner of South Montgomery Street. It would contain about 54 residential units and ground-floor retail, according to city planning documents submitted by Anderson Architects. The 54-unit high rise would have minimal parking, primarily for customers of the retail shops.

The other tower, planned for 543 Lorraine Ave., near Montgomery Street, would be 11 stories high and have 70 residential units, city files show. It would have no car parking.

An advantage for residents of the towers would be their proximity to the Diridon transit station, where plans to tie additional rail links into the station would give residents more commuting options without relying on vehicles.

“These are transit-oriented developments,” Anderson said. “They are completely urban projects.”