Be the broker: Which vacant office spaces would you like to see become affordable housing?

Tell us which empty building could be used differently.

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Have you noticed some of the empty office space around town? Office vacancies downtown are at 31.5% as of September 2023, up 0.2% from the previous quarter. Compare those numbers to the national office vacancy rate, which was 17.8% as of September 2023. One possible use for vacant offices? Affordable housing.

Recently, the White House released a new plan to convert commercial buildings into residential housing — affordable housing in particular. Resources will be made available from 20+ programs across multiple agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

We’re talking below-market loans, grants, and tax credits... all available to help take advantage of preexisting buildings to make more affordable housing.

Projects currently underway include replacing an older office and research building in north San Jose with 100 affordable homes, and converting an existing apartment complex into affordable housing on the Alameda.

Which vacant spaces would you like to see converted?

Have you passed an empty office building that would be a sweet apartment? How about some empty warehouses near public transportation that would make for a quick commute?

Tell us which spaces you’d like to see remade into housing, and we may feature your picks in an upcoming newsletter.

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