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Posted on: July 15, 2019

Public Review Draft Supplemental EIR: Garden Gate Tower

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF
A DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR)
AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Garden Gate Tower. The project includes development of a multifamily apartment building with ground floor neighborhood-oriented retail with two design options proposed: (1) Option 1: Traditional Multi-Family Development and (2) Option 2: Co-Living Community Option.

Option 1: Traditional Multi-Family Development – Development of a multi-family apartment building with up to 290 residential units and approximately 4,840 square feet of ground floor neighborhood oriented retail area. The total building area is approximately 513,333 square feet.

Option 2: Co-Living Community Option – Development of up to 850 bedrooms in a Co-Living Community configuration with a combined total of approximately 510,738 square feet (including open space areas). The ground level will include approximately 6,000 square feet of retail, lobby and a loading area.

Both options propose a development of a 27-floor building with a maximum height of approximately 283 feet. The buildings would have a similar footprint and design with the exception of some minor differences in the ground floor layout. Both options would also include the demolition of an existing two-story residential building (on the City’s Historic Resources Inventory), façade treatment to an existing single-story brick office building, and relocation of an on-site neon sign to the roof of the proposed development.

File Nos.: SP18-001 & T18-001. Location: The 0.42-acre project site is comprised of two parcels (APNs 472-26-090 and 472-26-089) located at the intersection of South First Street and East Reed Street, at 600 South First Street in downtown San José. Council District: 3.

The proposed project will have potentially significant environmental effects with regard to biological resources, hazards and hazardous materials, noise, cultural resources, and cumulative cultural resources. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires this notice to disclose whether any listed toxic sites are present at the project location. The project location is not contained in the Cortese List of toxic sites.

The Draft EIR and documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available for review online at the City of San José’s “Active EIRs” website at www.sanjoseca.gov/activeeirs and are also available at the following locations:

Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
200 East Santa Clara St., Tower 3rd Floor
San José, CA 95113
(408) 535-3555

Dr. MLK Jr. Main Library
150 E. San Fernando St.,
San José, CA 95112
(408) 277-4822

The public review period for this Draft EIR begins on July 15, 2019 and ends on August 29, 2019. Written comments must be received at the Planning Department by 5:00 p.m. on August 29, 2019, in order to be addressed as part of the formal EIR review process. Comments and questions should be referred to Krinjal Mathur in the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement at 408-535-3844, via e-mail: krinjal.mathur@sanjoseca.gov, or by regular mail at the mailing address listed for the Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement). For the official record, please your written comment letter and reference File Nos. SP18-001 & T18-001.

Following the close of the public review period, the Director of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement will prepare a Final Environmental Impact Report that will include responses to comments received during the review period. At least ten days prior to the public hearing on the EIR, the City's responses to comments received during the public review period will be available for review and will be sent to those who have commented in writing on the EIR during the public review period.
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