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San Jose retail site may become big housing and ADU real estate project

San Jose retail site may become big housing and ADU real estate project

SAN JOSE — A San Jose retail center with some high-profile merchants could be replaced by a big housing development, according to plans on file with city officials.

The shopping center that’s being eyed as a redevelopment site is located at the corner of Blossom Hill Road and Santa Teresa Boulevard in San Jose.

A group that’s managed by real estate executives Mike LaBarbera and Robert Facchino II owns the property at 865 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose that could be developed, according to Santa Clara County public documents.

Site of a housing development that’s proposed for a 6.3-acre parcel at 865 Blossom Hill Road in south San Jose, shown within the outline. Boundaries are approximate. (Google Maps)

The potential development site is located across the street from Westfield Oakridge near the eastern border of the big regional shopping mall in San Jose.

An estimated 172 residential units could be developed on the property, city planning documents show.

The 172 residences would consist of 137 townhomes and 35 accessory dwelling units, also commonly known as ADUs, according to the very preliminary application on file with the city. South Bay architect Kurt Anderson is working with the developers on the project, city files show.

The Facchino/LaBarbera Blossom Hill entity that owns the property filed the proposal in a fashion that suggests the developer would use a streamlined approval process for housing under the rules sketched out in SB 330, state legislation aimed at spurring new residential development, the city files show.

SB 330 also can be used to limit the roadblocks that can be placed in the path of a project proposal.

This residential project could contribute to what is a shifting scene on this stretch of Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Just to the west, the exit of long-time anchor Sears prompted a wide-ranging revamp of Oakridge shopping center that brought several new stores to the regional mall.

A few blocks away, at 1007 Blossom Hill Road, construction is underway on a 271-unit residential complex that will replace a long-shuttered Fish Market seafood restaurant.

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At the 865 Blossom Hill Road site, the proposed housing development would replace a building with several high-profile merchants: BevMo!, a wine, beer and spirits retailer; Scandinavian Designs, a contemporary home furnishings store; and Party City, a party supplies retailer.

An adjacent surface parking lot would also be part of the residential development.

Some merchants that are in the shopping center appear to be outside the development footprint, according to a summary of the preliminary plans that city officials have posted.

Not included in the project, the plans show: Mandarin Gourmet Restaurant, Pho 24 Vietnamese Cuisine & Sweet Tea; a Chevron gasoline station and Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.