Housing: Big affordable homes complex may sprout near busy San Jose church

SAN JOSE — Hundreds of affordable homes could rise next to a busy church in south San Jose, according to plans being pondered by city officials.

The residences that are being planned would be offered to both families and seniors and would be a few blocks from the Curtner light rail station.

“This project proposes the development of family affordable and senior housing units,” according to an introductory section for the preliminary proposal filed with San Jose planners.

The new affordable homes project is being planned at 2315 Canoas Garden Ave. in San Jose. That’s a site near the interchange of State Route 87 and Curtner Avenue, the city planning documents show.

The development site is also right next to the Cathedral of Faith, a Christian church that is listed as a United States megachurch on Wikipedia.

The homes would be built on a portion of the church’s property that at present is a parking lot that serves the existing complex.

The development site is part of a 13.4-acre parcel that is owned by Friendly Bible Church Inc., according to records on file with the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office.

The Cathedral of Faith church, two school facilities, and a daycare center would remain if the homes are approved and built, the plans show.

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Sand Hill Property Co. filed the development proposal. The plans on file with the city are very preliminary and are being circulated at San Jose City Hall to obtain reactions and guidance from municipal planners.

The proposal calls for two residential buildings, each five stories high. The buildings would contain a community room on each level.

One of the buildings would consist of affordable homes for families. The other building would contain affordable homes for seniors.

The residences in the project would consist of studios as well as 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units.

The complex would include a courtyard, according to the plans on file.




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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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