Transit-Oriented Development Moves Ahead for Santa Clara VTA

Several transit-oriented (TOD) development projects are progressing at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), with several being presented to the VTA Board of Directors at various stages of approval.

Here are the latest updates on Santa Clara VTA’s efforts to create fair mixed-use housing near public transportation.

Tamien Station TOD

The most advanced of the Santa Clara VTA housing projects, Tamien Station TOD is being developed by UrbanCo-Tamien LLC, a partnership between The Core Companies and Republic Family of Companies. Development applications are being reviewed by Santa Clara VTA and the city. The project provides for 569 units, of which 135 will be affordable housing. Construction is expected to begin in early 2023, starting with affordable housing.

Blossom Hill TOD Station

Not far behind the Tamien Station TOD, Blossom Hill Station developer Green-Republic Blossom Hill LLC will build a vibrant mixed-income development. This project will create 328 units, 89 of which will be designated as affordable housing. The development will also include 15,000 square feet of retail and commercial space, a new transit plaza, and pedestrian access improvements along the Canoas Creek Trail.

Development applications are being reviewed by Santa Clara VTA and the City of San Jose. The authority expects the city to release the draft environmental impact report for public review in the coming weeks, with construction on the project expected to begin in early to mid-2024.

Winchester TOD Station

At the March 3 board meeting, staff will ask the board to authorize a release for offers (RFO) for potential project developers. This project is one of the sites identified in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing, which operates the Santa Clara County Measure A program. If approved by council, the RFO will be released to affordable housing developers who have been pre-approved by the Office of Supportive Housing.

After developers submit their proposals, a review committee comprised of Santa Clara VTA, county staff, and a community member will review the submissions, schedule developer interviews, and make a recommendation to the city council. admin on the developer to select for the project. This recommendation will be submitted to the VTA Board in late spring/early summer.

TOD Capitol Station

Another item on the VTA board’s docket this week is the selection of a developer for the future Capitol TOD station, another county partnership site. After a review committee comprised of VTA and county staff along with a community member reviewed the proposals and conducted developer interviews, the committee elected to recommend MidPen Housing’s proposal to the City Council. administration of VTA. If approved by council, staff will work with the developer to establish an exclusive negotiation agreement, followed by community outreach for the public to meet the developer and participate in a station access survey.

Berryessa/North San Jose TOD Transit Center

The Santa Clara VTA RFO has been sent out and developer proposals are currently being reviewed by a review board. Their developer recommendation will likely go to the board for approval in April.

Melvin Z. Madore