Just announced: San Jose developments on the horizon

San Jose has approved several new housing initiatives over the course of the past few months, including affordable, residential, and commercial.

Concept art for VTA's Tamien Station development, including two beige and white 5-story buildings, trees, and people milling around a park.

VTA’s concept artwork for the Tamien Station Project.

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San Jose City Council has had a busy autumn; approving new projects and developments meant to ease the city’s ever-worsening housing situation.

Take a look at some of October’s biggest updates, projects, sales, and proposals coming soon to San Jose.

Affordable + interim housing

  • The Tamien Station project started its first phase of construction on Oct. 19. The project is designed for those making between 30-60% of Santa Clara County’s median income ($181,300/year). Nearly half of the affordable units will be designated for the unhoused community.
  • A billionaire philanthropist in San Jose is offering up two acres of his land for tiny home communities for exactly $1 a year, for five years. San Jose City Council will decide on Oct. 24 whether or not to accept the offer, which would secure nearly 150 units for unhoused San Joseans.
  • The VTA board of directors unanimously approved leasing the Cerone bus yard to the city to create 200 temporary homes for people living homeless. The project aims to be ready by June 2024.
  • A 154-unit affordable housing development is being proposed for 259 Meridian Ave. where a decades-old office currently sits. A mixed-use complex was proposed for the 1.3-acre site a few years ago, but never went through. Current plans are still in their preliminary stages.
  • Last week, City Council unanimously approved the sale of Signia by Hilton Hotel’s south tower — containing 264 rooms — for student housing. The sale is still in its preliminary stages, and details about cost, terms, and timeline were not immediately disclosed.
The front entrance of the Signia by Hilton Hotel in downtown San Jose.

The Signia by Hilton Hotel in San Jose


  • Pending city approval, a site near the future San Jose BART station at 28th/Little Portugal could become a new housing development. The proposal would add 913 residences near the corner of East Julian and North 28th streets by early 2029.
  • A developer is moving forward with plans to build 799 homes over 140 acres on Communications Hill. 505 of those will be apartments, though the developer has not indicated whether they will be affordable or market-rate. The project is still pending final approval from the city.
  • A residential project consisting of 172 townhouses with 35 accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is being proposed across from Westfield Oakridge shopping center. Plans are still pending approval from the City.
  • The Hanover Diridon building is going to convert empty storefronts into more housing near the SAP Center and Diridon Station. Now that the city has approved the plan, the mixed use space will be converted into 19 new ground-floor apartments. No construction timeline has been announced.
  • A mixed-use residential facility for seniors recently received final approval to go up in West San Jose’s Burbank neighborhood. The planned seven-story development will feature a 246-bed residential senior care facility, 61 apartments, and 6,000 sqft of retail space.
The front of a now empty office building at the corner of S Winchester Blvd. and Olin Ave. There is a green street sign that says "Olin Av" in white.

The currently empty office space on the corner of South Winchester Boulevard + Olin Avenue, across the street from Santana Row.


  • A Fremont-based ownership group has purchased property at 395 S. Winchester Blvd. for $4.8 million. Previous plans envisioned a housing + mixed-use project for the site, though the buyer has not announced their intentions.
  • A foreclosed office building at 826 N. Winchester Blvd. was recently purchased for ~$6.5 million. In the past few years, the property has been bought and seized through foreclosure twice. Currently, plans for the building are not known.
  • A development firm is proposing a 176-room hotel at the corner of South Winchester Boulevard and Olin Avenue. San Jose city officials are requesting public feedback on the 21-month development, which would not break ground until 2024.
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