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San Jose votes to add up to 35 vertical feet to the skyline

On March 12th, the City of San Jose voted to adopt Scenario 4 of the new building height limits.

April 02, 2019
  • On March 12th, the City of San Jose voted to adopt Scenario 4 of the new building height limits, resulting in an increase of 5’-35’ to the Downtown Core and 70’-150’ to the Diridon Station Area, bringing both limits close to 300’.
  • Our assessments in cooperation with the San Jose Airport Commission and Landrum & Brown revealed that the building density in the Diridon Station Area will allow for 8.6 million net new square feet under Scenario 4.
  • This conceptually allows for up to 4,700 new employees (~870K square feet) and 12,800 new residents in the Diridon Station Area under the assumption of a 100% buildout, while Downtown Core will see a negligible increase.
    Over the next 20 years, airlines operating in the San Jose Airport are projected to lose about $26 million in revenues from transporting cargo, as planes will require more lift once more buildings pack the airspace.
  • New developments in the area will continue to be subject to Federal Aviation Administration’s Obstruction Evaluation and Airport Airspace Analysis, which currently applies to all structures proximate to any airport.

    Sources: FAA, City of San Jose, Santa Clara ALUC, SJ Airport Commission

 

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