Discussion of recent office market activity in San Jose and Silicon Valley more broadly.
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Road repair on several streets in San Jose is underway, in conjunction with improving the bike lane network downtown and an upcoming new bike share program.
Update: Council approves deal.
Warehousing and logistics use for the Oakland Army Base site set to go to Oakland City Council next Tuesday.
And yet, Palo Alto officials agree that the city needs more housing. The Association of Bay Area Governments, a regional planning organization that sets “fair share” housing requirements for cities in the nine Bay Area counties, released a recommended planning scenario in February that calls on Palo Alto to plan for 12,000 units of new housing over the next 25 years — a mandate that city officials see as ridiculously excessive. But as the citys population continues to grow and increased traffic congestion becomes inevitable, few disagree that some new housing will need to be provided to reduce the swell of commuters.
The broad discussion includes one colossal wildcard — Caltrain. The agency, which draws its funding from three Bay Area transit agencies, is facing a $30 million deficit on a $100 million budget because of reduced contributions from the agencies. Caltrain has been considering a series of drastic service reductions, including halting of weekend service and station closures. On Thursday, Caltrain officials weighed a staff proposal to axe weekend services at California Avenue in Palo Alto, San Antonio in Mountain View and 10 other stations. The Caltrain board decided to postpone the decision until April 21.
Caltrains struggles have created anxieties all along the San Francisco-to-San Jose corridor, where commuters depend on the transit service. But these anxieties are particularly acute for those communities whose land-use plans were drawn up around Caltrain. Officials from cities along the corridor attended the Thursday meeting and stressed the crucial role Caltrain plays in their transit-oriented-development plans. They included Palo Alto Deputy City Manager Steve Emslie, who urged Caltrain officials not to curtail weekend service for the California Avenue station. He stressed Caltrains importance to the citys long-term land-use plans for the business district.
The Chronicle discusses hopes for the revitalization of Leland Avenue and the redevelopment of the Schlage Lock Factory in Visitacion Valley.
Redevelopment key to Visitacion Valley revival, San Francisco Chronicle, via The Other Side of the Tracks.
The Oakland Tribune reports on the release of a study conducted as part of the Grand Boulevard Initiative planning effort for the El Camino Real corridor.
Planners at San Mateo County’s SamTrans, Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority and business groups from the two counties released the report as part of the Grand Boulevard Initiative. The joint effort was launched by 19 cities and agencies last decade to breathe some life into the historic 47-mile route, known as Mission Street in Daly City and The Alameda in San Jose.
The 50-page forecast released Dec. 20 shows mostly dense development, featuring a typical building height of four stories, throughout the corridor. For the full expansion to become a reality, new or redeveloped buildings would need to crop up on 2,200 acres of land, or about 9 percent of the property in the corridor, according to the report.
An initial report on the congestion pricing for the Bay Bridge shows a decrease in travel time from 27 minutes down to 23 minutes, albeit with many potential contributing factors.
San Francisco Chronicle: Conflicting findings on Bay Bridge congestion toll.
Napa County and the cities within Napa consider forming a sub-region for the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process.
Napa Valley Register: Napa County wants to work with cities to share housing requirements.
Old article in the Wall Street Journal, but I just stumbled across it.
Mountain View City Council approved studying potential changes to the General Plan, including the potential for new homes near Google headquarters, increased density along El Camino Real, and revamping neighborhood shopping centers.