Diridon Station Area Plan
San Jose is embarking on an ambitious plan to transform the Diridon Station Area into a vibrant destination with new housing, shops, and jobs, parks, trails and public spaces, and pedestrian and bike connectivity, all adjacent to a major transit center. The City originally adopted the Diridon Station Area Plan and the associated Environmental Impact Report in 2014.
Diridon Station is expected to be home to multiple modes of transportation, including BART, High Speed Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, and an electrified CalTrain, along with existing transit that includes the Capitol Corridor, ACE, AmTrak, and VTA Light Rail. This provides a unique opportunity to build a mixed-use development with significant new housing options for the new workers.
In 2017, Google approached the City with a vision of building an estimated 6 to 8 million square feet of office space in the Diridon Station Plan Area, which could house approximately 20-30,000 jobs. In June, the City entered into an Exclusive Negotiations Agreement with Google to consider the sale of City-owned property in the Station Area. Google has purchased many surrounding properties.
In addition to the Google development, many other projects are being pursued in the Station Plan Area and in surrounding Downtown neighborhoods. This includes TMG Partners’ and Valley Oak Partners’ recently announced million square foot office building that could house approximately 5,000 workers in the Station Area Plan and and an 850K square foot office that could house 4,000 workers at Museum Place, just outside the Station Area. Adobe is also planning a new 18-story tower that could house 3,000 new employees in the Downtown. The bottom line is that there are lots of new jobs being added in and around the Diridon station—and all of these jobs need homes.
San Jose embarked on a Community Engagement process to garner input from various stakeholder groups. This process resulted in a report, which will be presented to the City Council. The Council is expected to consider this feedback when it enters into an MOU with Google at its December 4thmeeting.
Key issues that will need to be addressed as the plan moves forward include the number of new homes in the Plan Area, the number of homes that are needed to accommodate the new employees outside the Plan Area, and the affordability requirements.
SV@Home has several goals:
- The current housing planned for the site—2,588 new homes–is insufficient. Significant new housing must be included in the new plan.
- Consistent with San Jose’s Urban Villages, the Plan-wide goal should ensure that 25% of the homes are affordable.
- The site should accommodate at least one Measure A Permanent Supportive Housing project.
- Housing should be integrated into the project site, with mixed-use, urban form and not all located in one part of the Plan Area as originally designed.
Look for opportunities to engage in the Diridon decision making on SV@Home’s advocacy page.