Big revamp eyed for downtown San Jose historic tower

SAN JOSE — A dramatic revamp of the historic Bank of Italy office tower in downtown San Jose is in the works and would feature a top-to-bottom renovation inside and outside the landmark highrise, plans on file with city officials show.

“San Jose’s landmark building is finally getting the quality attention it deserves,” said Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association.

The Bank of Italy building is slated to undergo what might be considered its biggest renovation ever under a proposal submitted by the joint venture that now owns the historic landmark.

“This incredibly costly and worthy renovation should make the tower the historic beacon for downtown San Jose,” said Mark Ritchie, president of Ritchie Commercial, a real estate firm.

Rooftop gardens, an exterior staircase and eye-catching ground floor improvements are in the works for the building at 12 S. First St., plans on file with city

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Huge increase in jobs, homes, offices eyed in downtown San Jose’s Diridon Station area: city report

SAN JOSE — Downtown San Jose is in line for a huge increase in jobs, office space, housing, retail, entertainment, activity hubs, and hotels, according to a dramatic vision for the area near the Diridon train station and SAP Center that city officials released Wednesday.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Gateway Plaza section of Google's Downtown West transit village in downtown San Jose, showing public and open spaces near the historic San Jose Water Co. building along West Santa Clara Street, concept.     Google LLC


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Gateway Plaza section of Google’s Downtown West transit village in downtown San Jose, showing public and open spaces near the historic San Jose Water Co. building along West Santa Clara Street, concept. Google LLC

What’s more, this huge uptick in development and economic activity would be the result of much more than the transit-oriented neighborhood that Google has proposed near the rail hub, according to the city report.

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“The city of San Jose and the greater Bay Area region have the unique opportunity to build an internationally prominent transportation hub and to develop a world-class destination within the

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3 pitches eyed for downtown fire station site

Craig McDonald
 
| Newark Advocate

Three proposals are being considered by Granville Village Council regarding the soon-to-be-vacant fire house site on North Prospect Street in the downtown.

Village Manager Herb Koehler confirmed Tuesday, “We had four viable submissions. We didn’t reject any of them. All four of them were deemed viable.”

Koehler said however, that one of the four competitors has subsequently withdrawn their proposal: “We’ve had one bidder remove themselves from consideration. I’m not sure why.”

Two of the three remaining potential developers of the fire station site will be quite familiar to Granville residents and diners: Day Y Noche and Three Tigers Brewing Company/Mai Chau.

Day Y Noche, specializing in Mexican Cuisine, currently is located at 135 E. Broadway in downtown Granville.

Three Tigers and Mai Chau are presently located just across the street from the downtown fire station building on North Prospect.

Koehler said both proposals by

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Remake eyed for big downtown San Jose project

SAN JOSE — A big mixed-use development on the eastern side of downtown San Jose is headed for a possible makeover because the government agency slated to occupy the site might wind up at another location in the city.



diagram, engineering drawing: Downtown San Jose mixed-use development of residences, residences, retail, and a plaza, at 675 E. Santa Clara St. between 14th Street and 15th Street, overview concept.    David Baker Architects, Perkins Will Pfau Long      David Baker Architects, Perkins Will Pfau Long


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Downtown San Jose mixed-use development of residences, residences, retail, and a plaza, at 675 E. Santa Clara St. between 14th Street and 15th Street, overview concept. David Baker Architects, Perkins Will Pfau Long David Baker Architects, Perkins Will Pfau Long

The Santa Clara County Housing Authority has been working toward a dramatic redevelopment of a vacant lot on E. Santa Clara Street where the agency would be the anchor office tenant — but now it’s possible the government entity will establish its main offices elsewhere.

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Regardless of the Housing Authority’s decision, a redevelopment of what is now a blighted, vacant parcel is deemed to

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