Congratulations to the Best Projects of 2022/2023!
We are eager to continue to recognize the best built projects in Silicon Valley as reviewed by our members. Catalyze SV's Project Advocacy Committee reviewed 11 projects since the beginning of 2023. Our members also scored Castro Commons and 70-80 North 27th St residential project as Best Mixed Income & Berryessa Transit Center as Best Affordable Housing project! Lastly, we are proud of PATH Villas on the Row for earning Most Receptive to Member's Feedback award based on the score provided by our members. For a complete list of Winners, click here (add hyperlink).
Castro Commons is a mixed-use, condominium project located in downtown Mountain View’s gateway. Castro Commons was first presented to our members in August 2023. Some of the improvements welcomed by our Project Advocacy Committee (PAC) members include expanding the community engagement process, as well as Commit to a higher level of affordable housing closer to 20% & providing transit passes as a part of TDM plan. The project will create 128 new condominiums, including units designated for affordable housing. Some of the project’s amenities include an active city park, open spaces, paseos, ground-floor retail and restaurant spaces, and community-dedicated meeting rooms to gather. Our members believe Castro Commons will create a connected and thriving neighborhood with many amenities for future residents and the surrounding community.
Best Mixed-Income Project of 2023: 70-80 North 27th St residential project
70-80 North 27th St is a residential project located within walking distance to VTA’s upcoming BART Phase II expansion including the 28th Street/Little Portugal transit station in San Jose. 70-80 North 27th St project was first presented to our members in January 2023. Our Project Advocacy Committee (PAC) members really liked the inclusion of rooftop gardens and the possibility to include solar panels to offset energy costs along with plan to incorporate bike lockers and a scooter/bike rental program. The project will create 198 units through 25 studios and 173 one-bedroom homes, with 30 of those homes categorized as affordable housing. Project density is 174 dwelling units per acre (DUs/AC) and the building height is about 70 feet (87 feet including spires.) It includes one-story with three levels of mechanized puzzle parking to accommodate a total of 210 vehicle parking stations for a 1.1 parking ratio. It will also incorporate 70 bicycle parking spaces. Future residents will enjoy onsite amenities such as a podium, rooftop decks, a fitness room, meeting room, and a community gathering space.
Best Affordable Housing Project of 2023: Berryessa Transit Center
Berryessa Transit Center project in San Jose was one of our highest-scoring projects in 2022-2023 with a score 4.5 out of 5. Presented to our members in December of 2022, this project is 100% affordable, 10-story building composed of ground-level parking over 9 stories of residential units. The project features a total of 193 units consisting of 44 studios, 45 one-bedroom, 51 two-bedroom, and 53 three-bedroom homes. Residents will receive on-site supportive services and will enjoy amenities like an outdoor play structure for children, BBQ and seating area, and free VTA transit passes. The project will incorporate 48 vehicle parking spaces for a 0.25 parking ratio, as well as 195 bicycle parking spaces.
Most Receptive to Member's Feedback for 2023: PATH Villas on the Row
PATH Villas on the Row is a mixed-use, affordable housing development consisting of an 85-foot building with on-site services and ground-floor retail. This project features 94 affordable units and 1,877 square feet of commercial space on 0.56 acres along West San Carlos Street and Bascom Avenue in West San Jose. The building features apartment styles ranging from studios up to three bedrooms, as well as an active rooftop. PATH Ventures is proposing 23 total car parking spaces and onsite bike parking for residents to utilize. PATH Villas on the Row was first presented to our Project Advocacy Committee (PAC) members in October 2021 with a score of 4.44 out of 5. After a few improvements, our members were provided with an update of improvements in the project based on our feedback; making it the most improved project for 2023. One of the most substantive changes pertains to the addition of commercial space in the ground floor and adding of some vibrant elements. Overall, our members are ecstatic that some of our suggested improvements were incorporated and believe it has made the PATH Villas on the Row project even better!