Iconic office tower with rooftop gardens proposed for downtown San Jose near Fairmont

SAN JOSE — An iconic office tower to be crowned with rooftop gardens would rise in downtown San Jose, a striking project that bids to dramatically reshape the skyline of the Bay Area’s largest city and could attract a big tech company, according to a new proposal on file with city planners.

The 17-story office tower is designed to give the appearance of being four separate towers, and would be built on the site of a surface parking lot near the Fairmont Hotel and across the street from the Westin San Jose, the proposal from veteran developer Sobrato Organization shows.

“This is unique,” said Chase Lyman, vice president of leasing and acquisitions with Cupertino-based Sobrato. “Downtown San Jose has never seen an office project like this before.”

The office tower would total 581,000 square feet, include 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and would feature floor sizes of up to 54,000 square feet. That type of wide-open space is designed to appeal to Silicon Valley tech companies.

“Any day is a good day that a property owner tells us that they’re ready to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into transforming a downtown parking lot into a high-rise home for an innovative employer,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Thursday in an interview with this news organization.

The project would front on South Market, West San Carlos and South First streets.

“We are going to call this Market Street Towers,” Lyman said. The office complex was designed by Arquitectonica, a famed Miami-based architecture, urban planning and design firm.

Sobrato executives intend to construct the new tower even if the developer hasn’t signed up a tenant for the office and retail complex.

“The plan is to build this project,” Lyman said. “We are not just putting pretty pictures together for the fun of it. We are going to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business


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