$6.5 billion mega-project across from 49ers stadium gets bigger, closer to reality

$6.5 billion mega-project across from 49ers stadium gets bigger, closer to reality

A new development proposal in Santa Clara named "The City Place Santa Clara" is getting closer to reality. Projected at 8 million square feet and at a cost of 6.5 billion, this will be one of Silicon Valley's biggest developments ever.  The project includes 30 restaurants, 350 hotel rooms, 380 apartments, 1 million square feet of shops, plus more. The city is in favor of this and is very excited about the approximately 23,000 permanent jobs this would create. From a planning standpoint, this project fills a void in the area and compliments the Levi's Stadium.  It will be interesting to see if this is approved and what the projected date of completion will be. How do you feel about the impacts of this development?

To read the entire article, go to: http://www.mercurynews.com/southbayfootball/ci_26076862/6-5-billion-mega-project-across-from-49ers

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Gov. Jerry Brown's housing plan could wipe away development rules in Los Angeles and San Francisco

Gov. Jerry Brown's housing plan could wipe away development rules in Los Angeles and San Francisco

For anyone who has dealt with submitting plans for a residential development in Santa Cruz or the Bay Area, they can relate to the frustrations that Governor Brown is currently trying to address. Theoretically, if you submit plans for a development that fall within current zoning and planning guidelines, you should be approved and your project should move forward in a timely fashion. 99% of the time this does not happen, which causes most developments to ultimately cost more. If Governor Brown can pass his housing plan, this could greatly increase efficiency and appeal for developers, which will stimulate growth, jobs, etc. Planning will still play the role of approving or changing zoning and general plans so that we keep everything in balance. What are your thoughts?

To read the entire article, go to: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-jerry-brown-housing-cities-20160602-snap-story.html

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Westside Santa Cruz "Court of Mysteries" property sells

Westside Santa Cruz "Court of Mysteries" property sells

Westside Santa Cruz's strangest property has been sold for $1.58 million. 519 Fair Avenue has always been a mystery since I was a kid, is it a temple? is it haunted? Now a San Francisco couple has closed escrow and wants to make it a family compound. The property is listed as historic, so it will be interesting to see what the city approves. I am definitely excited for someone with vision to take over the property.

To read the entire article, go to: http://patch.com/california/santacruz/santa-cruz-court-mysteries-property-sold

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The world’s largest green roof, with an orchard and a vineyard, is planned for Silicon Valley

Typically when you hear about new developments regarding housing or commercial, it is terms of maximum number of units or the highest profit. That doesn't seem to be the case with the the recent purchase of the failed Vallco Mall. Sand Hill, the Silicon Valley Real Estate Company who picked up the 50-acre property, has very ambitious plans to change the landscape (literally) of large future builds. This project will feature an orchard, vineyard, 3.8 miles of walking trails and a 30-acre rooftop park. I can't wait to see this as a common practice for builders, and think that it is about time we started seeing this kind of vision for Silicon Valley.  

To read the entire article, go to: http://qz.com/504511/this-cupertino-real-estate-company-wants-to-build-the-worlds-largest-green-roof/