SAN JOSE – University of Santa Clara, in a quest to create affordable housing and a center of advanced innovations that could convert students in technological entrepreneurs. On Thursday he proposed a mixed-use complex in San Jose in front of the school.
The proposal includes up to 295 apartments for the staff and professors of the University of Santa Clara. The project also includes a ground floor technology incubator totaling 20,000 square feet.
"The shortage of affordable housing has become a serious problem that affects all educational and nonprofit institutions throughout the Bay Area," said John Ottoboni, director of operations at Santa Clara University. "This project will help meet the very serious housing needs of our faculty and staff while incubating numerous start-ups."
The development will be through the rapidly expanding Coleman Highline development train tracks, whose tenants include emerging technology firms such as Roku and 8 × 8. That proximity could reinforce the incubator, which is a unique component of a housing development.
"The purpose of the incubator is to offer ways for students to meet with nearby technology companies," said Erik Schoennauer, a land use and planning consultant based in San Jose. is helping to guide the project of the university The process of the city of San Jose. "Students can create new products and start new businesses."
The project is called Technological Innovation Center of the University of Santa Clara and Faculty / Staff of Educators.
The housing crisis, marked by housing prices and rent rates that have skyrocketed, has alarmed university officials. With the costs skyrocketed, more people are excluded from the market.
"What was once one of our concerns has now become our main concern," said Chris Shay, associate vice president of operations at the university.
The university is also concerned that it may have problems recruiting or retaining employees if it does not take action like this development.
"You can not maintain a world-class university and attract the most talented educators or staff without affordable local housing," said Shay.
Located opposite the left corner of the Steven Schott Stadium baseball field, the development would increase at a site that is occupied by some old industrial buildings. It would be flanked by existing residences on Campbell Avenue.
"It's an innovative use, focused on transit, of an isolated patch of property surrounded on all sides by residential structures," said Schoennauer.