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