The whole area is already congested. How can a high-density project be accommodated in this location?
- Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the development will be required to mitigate transportation impact including paying substantial fees for transportation infrastructure.
- VTA bus service surrounds the site with four bus routes within .2 mile of site: 58, 23, 57, and the new Rapid 523 to be launched in 2018 that will greatly improve the frequency and speed of service on Stevens Creek.
- Transportation infrastructure improvements are in the works that will significantly improve the overall traffic flow in the area. For example, preliminary engineering is under way for the i280/Winchester Blvd improvement project.
- The existing bus stop in front of the site is proposed to be relocated to the far side of the proposed mid-block crossing, consistent with the guidelines of the Urban Village Plan. This will optimize traffic flow and safety. The project is proposing that a portion of the new bulb-out for the mid-block crossing be utilized for a bike share facility, such as the Ford GoBike stations throughout downtown San Jose.
- The development will include places for tenant-operated shuttles to pick up and drop off passengers as well as for a bike share program.
- This site currently receives a Walk Score (www.walkscore.com) of 77, which is considered Very Walkable—most errands for residents can be accomplished on foot.
- Many existing retail services on Saratoga and Stevens Creek within a few blocks
- Bike and pedestrian paths throughout the neighborhood and included in site and park design, which will improve the Walk Score.
- Mixed-use site allows for residents to live adjacent to their place of work, minimizing car trips and vehicle miles traveled. This will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and improve the overall quality of life by creating a more walkable environment, consistent with the goals of the Urban Village Plan.
This proposed development is higher than anything else around it. What can be done to ensure it fits into the surrounding neighborhood and community?
This project is a catalyst for the future, which will be more dense and urban in feel according to San Jose’s Envision 2040 General Plan and the Stevens Creek Urban Village Plan. Careful attention has been paid to the design and integration of uses to ensure that the development accomplishes the city’s needs and planning objectives while also being sensitive to the surrounding community. Specific elements include wide and inviting pedestrian promenade and recreational spaces, varying heights and architectural styles, exterior treatments, and setbacks.
The project will meet or exceed the city requirement and will provide more than enough parking to serve the site without impacting the neighborhood.
Residential: Required by Stevens Creek Urban Village Plan: 425; Provided: 727
Retail: Required: 50; Provided: 50
Office: Required by Stevens Creek Urban Village Plan: 466; Provided: 843
Will the relocation of Lopina Way have any impacts? Will people still be able to park on the new Lopina?
What will be the impact of the project on traffic and safety on Albany Drive? What will the project do to address this?
The impending Environmental Impact Report for the project will provide a traffic study indicating specific requirements to mitigate traffic overall and on neighborhood streets. Traffic restriction procedures will be developed as part of the management plan for the development. The development will implement a robust TDM (Transportation Demand Management) program to incent the use of alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.
Based on what we know today, this is our expectation on traffic patterns:
Since Stevens Creek is a major artery in San Jose, we anticipate the primary flow into the garage in the morning commutes to be via Stevens Creek, then Lopina (very little morning traffic on Albany). We have created two vehicular access points to the garage in order to reduce pressure on any one parking entrance. By locating one access point on Albany, and one along Lopina, which connects to Stevens Creek, we anticipate only half of the afternoon traffic will be on Albany, with half accessing Stevens Creek via Lopina.
With an internal street dedicated to the vehicular access for both residential buildings from Stevens Creek, we anticipate that most residents are traveling via Stevens Creek. We anticipate only half of the Albany residents contributing to commuting traffic since the Albany building proposes two points of access, one on Albany and the other towards Stevens Creek.
In addition to the public promenade, what is the project doing to meet the public’s need for park space?
In addition to providing 1.6 acres of publicly accessible open space, private open space for the residents, and private common open space through the project, Fortbay is open to working with the city parks department to determine off-site opportunities and at a minimum will pay any necessary fees for city park space.
What local schools will students generated by the project attend? What is the project’s impact on the local schools and can the schools handle the new students?
- Cupertino Union School District:
- Elementary: Eisenhower, 277 Rodonovan Dr, Santa Clara: 1.2 miles from site
- Middle: Hyde, 19325 Bollinger Road, Cupertino; 2.6 miles from site
- Fremont Union High School District
- High School: Cupertino High School, 10100 Finch Ave, Cupertino. 2 miles from site
- How many students will project generate now and into the future? Can the schools accommodate this?
- We are working with the school districts so they are fully informed of the potential student generation from this site.
- Urban, dense projects, as compared to traditional garden style apartments, tend to attract fewer school-age students.
- The project will pay required school impact fees.
What is going to happen to the businesses that will be displaced by this development? Will the new development have spaces for smaller office users?
Tenants on the site have been on notice since mid 2016. Current leases are structured to provide appropriate notice. The new office building will allow for a variety of uses and sizes to be determined.