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253 Race Street


253 Race Street, San Jose, CA 95126

Project Overview

• Project Type: Affordable Housing + Active Ground Floor

• Owner/Developer: The Core Companies / Santa Clara County Housing Authority

• Presented to our members: August 2018

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253 Race Street Project Scorecard
Project Overview:

253 Race Street by The Core Companies includes 91 senior apartments in a 5-story (4 floors living over 1 floor parking) building and 116 family apartments in a 6-story (4 floors living over 2 floors parking) building. Both buildings provide generous common open space in the form of courtyards and indoor amenities. The buildings are separated by a promenade that also serves as a driveway to access both buildings’ garages. The site is in a transit-rich neighborhood and within walking distance of two vibrant commercial/retail corridors. Project Update: The Core Companies / Santa Clara County Housing Authority 2,154 sq ft Commercial on Race Street. They have also re-oriented the promenade to provide vehicle entry on Grand Avenue and an expanded pedestrian promenade and bike and pedestrian paseo. Parking in both buildings was reduced and a bike kitchen and secure storage rooms were added to both the Senior and Family buildings. With these improvements that were in-line with Catalyze SV Member feedback the project would likely score higher.

253 Race Street scored an overall 3.33 out of 5 from our Project Advocacy Committee members.

Community Score: 3/5

Vibrancy Score: 2/5


Transportation Score: 3/5


Intensity/Zoning Score: 5/5


Sustainability Score: 3/5


Affordability Score: 4/5


Legacy Score: N/A /5

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