Big San Jose affordable homes project emerges

The 430 units in the first phase of the development would rise at 1298 Tripp Ave. between North 26th Street and Wooster Avenue near the interchange of U.S. Highway 101 and McKee Avenue.

The site also is less than a half-mile away from a future 28th Street/Little Portugal BART station.

“This is a transit-oriented development,” said Loida Kirkley, chief executive officer with Roygbiv Real Estate. “This will include affordable housing for very-low-income, low-income, and moderate-income people.”

When all three phases of the project are built, the overall development will consist of 1,200 units, according to project designer Kurt Anderson, principal executive with Anderson Architects.

Roygbiv Real Estate has been actively making plans for at least four other tower projects that would add several hundred more homes to downtown San Jose if they are built.

Two housing highrises have been proposed by Roygbiv near the existing Diridon train station, and two others would be built near a future downtown San Jose BART station a short distance from City Hall.

For the project near the Little Portugal BART station site, the two buildings in the first phase will both include notable amenities, according to the development proposal.

Common open areas will be available on the first floor of each building. Both buildings will feature roof decks with gathering areas. Fitness centers are planned in each building.

Each of the two buildings will contain a combination of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, the city documents show.

The 1298 Tripp Ave. residential development would be about a two-minute drive or an eight-minute walk away from the 28th Street/Little Portugal BART station, according to Google Maps

“Residents in Arianna will be able to take BART all over the Bay Area to get to work,” Kirkley said.

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