Permits submitted for Cambrian Park affordable housing development

Permits submitted for Cambrian Park affordable housing development

By Devan J. Patel – Reporter, Silicon Valley Business Journal

A 100% affordable housing development across the street from the Cambrian Park Plaza in San Jose has submitted its ministerial permit application to the city.

Los Angeles-based Abode Communities has proposed constructing a six-story, 90-unit multi-family building at 1999 Camden Ave., replacing a single-story fast food restaurant on the northwest corner of the intersection of Union and Camden Avenues.

The multi-family residential building will include nine studios, 30 one-bedroom, 26 two-bedroom and 25 three-bedroom apartments, according to the building plans submitted to the city. Its amenities include a courtyard, a 1,600-square-foot community room, a laundry facility and study rooms.

Building schematics show the development could reach 67 feet in height, dwarfing all of the nearby structures.

A representative from Abode Communities did not respond to questions asked by the Business Journal.

Oakland-based Studio T-Square is the project’s architect.

The average size of a one-bedroom apartment will be 601 square feet while two- and three-bedroom offerings will average 830 and 1,094 square feet, respectively.

The project was submitted under SB 35, which provides a more streamlined approval process for urban infill projects that are multi-family or mixed-use where at least two-thirds of the square footage is for residential use. If eligible, the housing law also shortages the time limit for application reviews to 90 days for projects less than 150 units.

The project sits in San Jose’s 9th District, which recently opened another affordable housing project.

Affirmed Housing’s Vitalia, a five-story 100% affordable housing project at 3100 S. Bascom Ave., held its grand opening ceremony late last month. That project will provide West San Jose with 79 units, including half for supportive housing and the remaining portion of households earning 60% or less of the area’s median income.

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