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Dennis G. Hendricks
The distinctive Delmas
Park Apartments tower
is ready for tenants.
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - February 26, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Delmas Park project wins design accolades
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - by Sharon Simonson
Some five years since their conception, the Delmas Park Apartments, a capstone to redevelopment of San Jose's
Delmas Park neighborhood, are complete.
The $36.2 million, eight-story mid-rise at Bird Avenue and San Carlos Street has been seen as a landmark
redevelopment for the tiny, mixed-use community of older homes and light industry on the western fringe of
downtown. It has also been proposed as a significant milestone in the redevelopment of San Carlos Street itself,
which, along with Santa Clara and San Fernando streets, is a gateway to downtown.
The apartment development is being recognized by the Bay Area chapter of the Urban Land Institute for its architect,
savvy land use and adherence to smart-growth principles. The 123 below-market-rate units are a stone's throw from
Interstate 280 and within walking distance of light rail and Caltrain. The apartments, along with a five-story parking
garage and 5,000 square feet of shop space, are sandwiched on less than a single acre of land.
The project is a joint venture of San Jose's Core Development Cos., a private developer, and non-profit EHC
LifeBuilders, also of San Jose. The development is intended as an affordable housing project to help new teachers,
but its units will be open to any who meet the means tests. Stephanie Schaaf, an advocacy manager for EHC, which is to provide the
on-site programming, says early notions include a teacher resource center and home-ownership workshops. EHC also intends to survey
new residents for their programming ideas.
The annual income ceiling for two people to live in a Delmas Park apartment is $50,940. For four people, the limit i