The development of a mega village has been proposed for north San Jose that will border the Montague Expressway, Seely Ave., and Coyote Creek, reports the Mercury News.
The new development will include offices, theaters, retail spaces, and homes, plus pedestrian friendly walkways and trails. The mega village is being touted as a nature-oriented complex with an urban feel where thousands can work.
The site comprises 22.6 acres that are currently agricultural and vacant land. According to preliminary plans submitted by the developer, Sunnyvale-based SiliconSage Builders, the village will comprise one million square feet of offices, 2,000 homes, 320,000 square feet of retail space, a movie complex, an amphitheater, and a 150-room hotel. It’s estimated that 5,000 people could work in the development’s office buildings once they’re built.
The property is being designed to appeal to a variety of people with a diversity of interests.
“This is going to be a mega village,” said Sanjeev Acharya, chief executive officer with SiliconSage Builders. “The idea is to create a place where people can come and spend half a day.”
Included in the project plans are a Coyote Creek Park with an observation deck, workout stations, and terraces. There will also be a Central Park with the amphitheater, a retail plaza, outdoor dining, and a garden forest. In addition, there will be community spaces and amenities associated with the offices and hotel.
“People can live, work, eat, play, and experience nature,” Acharya added. “The project is designed with the pedestrian in mind.”
The village location is close to the Milpitas BART station and the light rail lines on North First Street. In addition, the SiliconSage says they plan to provide a shuttle service to nearby rail lines.
The original project plan included a 31-acre development with 3,000 homes and 500,000 square feet of retail space, but has since been scaled back. With fewer homes and fewer retail spaces on less acreage, the development will be more compact and have more of an urban village look and feel.
According to the developer’s plans, there will be “a variety of common open spaces totaling approximately five acres. This includes a publicly accessible, privately owned two-acre park, over two acres of outdoor retail plazas, and a variety of trail improvements along Coyote Creek.”