- Development construction in Downtown San Jose is booming. The only major new construction in the last five years was the Convention Center Expansion, but you can now see two massive cranes for the One South Market and Centerra high-rise apartment projects. In addition to that you will soon see cranes for:
- Saint James Towers (2 towers, 20-22 stories, 612 units)
- North San Pedro (6 stories, 408 units)
- The Pierce (7 stories, 235 units)
- Parkview Towers (18 stories, 197 units)
- Marshall Squares (7 stories, 195 units)
- Post and San Pedro Tower (19 stories, 156 units)
- Civic Center (7 stories, 127 units)
- Santa Clara County Family Justic Center (8 stories, 233,900 SQFT)
- Hampton Inn & Suites (8 stories, 197 rooms)
- San Jose's Office of Economic Development is revising its San Jose Storefronts Initiative, which helps small businesses lease vacant space by offsetting permit costs and fees. New restaurants will be able to apply and grantees can receive up to $16,000. The program will continue until the $250,000 of funding is used.
- On any given night, as many as 25 Downtown venues can feature live music. Check out the SJDA Live and Local page for listings.
- Thanks to some private contributions from Downtown businesses, the Downtown PBID was able to purchase a small electric vehicle (let's be honest, it's a golf cart) to help with security patrols.
- A permanent US patent and Trademark Office that will service the entire west coast will occupy part of City Hall at 200 E. Santa Clara.
- David Nevin, owner of the Rock Shop, is bringing live music back to The Back Bar at 418 S. Market.
- Bel Bacio Imported Italian Coffee is now open at 350 W. Julian St. No. 4.
- gZines! is now selling fine art and jewelry at the Fairmont Hotel.
- Blackbird Tavern is now using the vacant 2,400 SQFT next door for private parties and events.
- Thirst Tea is now selling boba teas and snow ice at 150 S. First St., Suite 118.
Monday, December 30, 2013
December 2013 Downtown Dimension Highlights
Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension: