There are a two projects currently under construction in San Jose. The first project is the highrise on North 4th st. at the 101/880 junction. The builder First Community Housing is creating a nine story mixed use apartment building with retail on the bottom and facility for special needs individuals and affordable housing units on the other floors. It includes a seven story terrace and a living roof. The iron work frame is complete and the siding is up on the first few stories.
First Community Housing
The second is Casino Matrix, on the corner of Airport Parkway and Old Bayshore Highway. This $100 million project is the current card club Garden City Casino which is at the corner of Saratoga Ave and Stevens Creek Blvd. This marks the second card club in the Airport/North San Jose area along with Bay 101 Casino. Casino Matrix has plans to build a casino, hotel tower, concert hall, and celebrity chef restaurant. The owners want this casino to have a resort feel, like those in Las Vegas, though the work will be completed in stages starting with the casino first. Iron work has begun on the tower section and is up to three stories. It is supposed to open December 31, 2011.
Santa Cruz Sentinel.com
The N. 4th st project has a very bland design and is reminiscent of a Barry Swenson building (meaning boring). But it does have some Green features and it is an affordable housing project with each resident receiving a yearly Ecopass. Its also a project that is under construction which is further than most others in San Jose right now. The Casino Matrix project is a great addition to the SJC Airport area. Although San Jose hotel occupancy in the airport area is not currently at capacity, a resort style hotel five minutes from the airport, gives San Jose a broader touristic potential. Hopefully these two projects are just the beginning of a new wave of highrise construction projects in San Jose.