The clearing and ground preparations of the former Hitachi site in south San Jose are in full swing. As I hang a left off Cottle Rd. to enter the on-ramp to Hwy85, I can’t help but to notice how quickly the work is progressing. Soon this site will become home to just under 3000 new homes, ranging from row-houses, town homes, stacked town houses, flats, multi-storied apartments and condominiums…..phew!
The site will also include new parks, recreational open space, greenbelts, and plazas. But what’s most anticipated will be the retail shopping which will include everything from coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores to high-end clothing shops, video rental, Lowe’s hardware, and much much more. In addition to all that, the neighborhood will also get a brand new transit village with buses that connect to the existing Cottle Rd. light rail station and a new CalTrain station over on the Monterey Hwy side of the site near Blossom Hill Rd. And hey!…..how about a San Jose Police Dept. sub-station? Yep!…it’s part of the plan, and in the works.
By the time this is finished, I’m sure it will rival or at least look a lot like Santana Row…..but hopefully without the high prices to shop and play. The information on the Hitachi site needs to be updated, but here it is. And just for the record, the former Hitachi site was previously owned by IBM from 1955 to 2003 when it was purchased by Hitachi. In fact this was IBM’s disk drive manufacturing facility where IBM thrived long before the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area blew it’s first breaths into the “Dot-com” bubble.