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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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Catalyze SV evaluates project sustainability, equity, and vibrancy. Learn about our project review process.

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* Projects go through several phases. Developers submit applications to the City, get their design reviewed, do redesigns based on City & community feedback, resubmit proposals for review, and get approval (though can even redesign after approval)

253 Race Street Project Overview

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.


Page Street Studios scored 3.33 out of 5 overall from our Project Advocacy Committee members.

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.


Project Scorecard

Community​: Score: 3
Vibrancy​: Score: 2
Transportation​: Score: 3
Sustainability​: Score: 3
Affordability​: Score: 5
Intensity/Zoning​: Score: 4
Legacy​: Score: N/A


Cumulative Score: 3.33 out of 5


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