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🏗️ What’s all the racket?
A rendering of one of the affordable housing projects in Santa Clara.
A rendering of one of the affordable housing projects greenlit by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. | Rendering via County of Santa Clara
It seems like construction crews are always up to something in San Jose — or maybe that’s just what these recent development details are telling us. Take a look at some of the biggest updates, projects, and proposals that were announced from April to May.

Affordable/Interim housing

  • Three housing projects totaling 201 affordable units in San Jose, Mountain View, and Santa Clara were approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
  • City officials broke ground on a three-story, transitional housing site that is expected to be the largest in the city and the first of its kind in CA.
  • The interim housing site, Guadalupe Community, opened in a former SJPD parking lot.

Residential

  • About 850 residences and a commercial building were proposed near the Berryessa BART station.
  • A Cupertino-based real estate firm proposed a seven-story residential complex with 206 units by the Fruitdale light rail station.
  • An 85-unit housing development was proposed to replace the 67-year-old San Jose Swim & Racquet Club in Willow Glen.
  • A seven-story, 200-unit apartment building will replace a senior living facility in Willow Glen.

Community

  • A Fairfield Inn & Suites is being considered at the current site of Casa Linda motel near the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
  • Three large medical offices might be built adjacent to the Good Samaritan Hospital campus.
  • An industrial building will be built to replace the former KLIV + KRTY radio stations’ hub.

Tech

  • Google moved into its “Tasman Campus,” a 553,000-sqft campus purchased from Cisco Systems in north San Jose.
  • Microsoft purchased a piece of land in North San Jose for ~$5.6 million and floated the idea of building two five-story data centers.
  • A five-story, 292,500-sqft office building received final approval to be built as part of the mixed-use tech campus, Coleman Highline.
 
 
Events
 
Monday, May 22
  • Downtown Soundscapes | Monday, May 22 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Outside of the Hammer Theatre, Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose | Free | Watch live performances interacting with an environmental sound installation inspired by Downtown San Jose.
  • Trivia Night | Monday, May 22 | 6:30 p.m. | Park Station Hashery, 1701 Park Ave., San Jose | Free | Grab a team of up to six and join this weekly event hosted by local comedians.
Tuesday, May 23
  • Trail Cleanup with The Trash Punx | Tuesday, May 23 | 9-11 a.m. | Guadalupe River Park, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose | Free | Help beautify our local parks, trails, and natural spaces.
  • Photography Walk | Tuesday, May 23 | 4-6 p.m. | Japanese Friendship Garden, 1300 Senter Rd., San Jose | Free | Young adults ages 14-25 can learn the basics of photography in a beautiful local space.
  • “Mamma Mia” Sing-A-Long Trivia Night | Tuesday, May 23 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy., San Jose | $8-$24 | Sing your ABBA favorites with Donna and the Dynamos.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Axe Throwing and Throwback Game Night | Tuesday, May 24 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Axe-Men Axe Throwing, 14 S. Second St., San Jose | $65-$75 | Throw some axes, then walk around the corner to play pinball — drinks + hors d’oeuvres are included.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • A housing development project in Almaden Valley is finally moving forward after delays since its initial approval in June 2014. Ten single-family homes are planned for an 8-acre site near the corner of Coleman Avenue and Almaden Expressway and construction can begin as early as this fall. (San José Spotlight)
Open
  • K&J Sweets and Bakery recently opened in the former Cinnaholic space on East San Carlos Street. Owner Elvira Armenta began baking and selling her goods in east San Jose in 2014 and is among the new slew of businesses to open in DTSJ. (San José Spotlight)
Civic
  • A $35.3 million surplus was reported in the city’s 2023-2024 operating budget proposal — a big disparity compared to San Francisco’s $290 million + Oakland’s $177 million deficits. The Mercury News suggests that the discrepancy is due to the real estate transfer tax + SF and Oakland’s heavy reliance on its revenues. (The Mercury News)
San Josean
  • San Jose-born Lucas Erceg will soon make his major league debut with the Oakland A’s, who added him to the organization in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. Lucas attended Westmont High School in Campbell and played baseball at Cal Berkeley before being drafted by Milwaukee in the second round. (The Mercury News)
Finance
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The Word
 
Answered
 
And the mystery person is...
Robert Handa pictured in the "Guess the San Josean" graphic with three facts about him on the right.
Did you guess right? | Graphic by SJtoday staff
Last week, we asked you to participate in the first installment of our trivia series, “Guess the San Josean,” — a game where we give you 3-4 hints about influential leaders, business owners, artists, and other local movers and shakers in our community.

If you guessed Robert Handa, you’re correct.

Currently, Robert hosts “Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa,” for NBC Bay Area News, and resides in Morgan Hill with his family. He’s been honored as “Reporter of the Year” by The Associated Press, collected several Emmys for his investigative reporting, and gathered various distinguished alumnus awards from Sunnyvale High School, De Anza College, and San Jose State.

Shout out to readers AV, Ken S., Muneerah L., Emily N., Lynn S., Cecilia R., Sarah A., Karl G., Enrique M., and Dave C. for answering correctly. 👏
 
The Wrap
 
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I’m starting a new Friday social media series where I share the top five events happening in San Jose every weekend, and I’d love for your help in giving me event tips. You can email them or submit them to our Events portal, which I draw from as well.
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