Cambrian Park Village
14406 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124
Project Type: Housing + Retail + Hotel + Assisted Living + Park
Owner/Developer: Weingarten Realty Investors
Presented to our members: February 2021
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Cambrian Park Village Project Scorecard
Community Score: 5/5
Weingarten has conducted multiple rounds of in-depth community engagement efforts over many years. Weingarten incorporated ideas on how to make this project better from a range of voices, including community groups such as Friends of Cambrian Park Plaza and from Councilmember Foley. It used various strategies such as, surveys, community meetings, & direct outreach, to gain significant input & active participation from the neighborhood. From our perspective, Weingarten has been responsive to community feedback &, even after 5 years of outreach, continues to seek input from the community.
Vibrancy Score: 5/5
With its large amount of public open space, a mix of uses, & diverse community amenities, Cambrian Park Village will infuse a jolt of crucial vibrancy to the neighborhood. By putting parking underground to emphasizing space for people while using commercial space to activate the street, plaza areas, and parks, the development will become a village center in the Cambrian community. With good connectivity throughout the site and the inclusion of a playground, exercise station, dog park, community garden, and amphitheater, this walkable village will encourage the health, enjoyment & wellness of residents & visitors. By providing homes for residents of every generation, retail/restaurants for neighbors, and a hotel for visitors, Cambrian Park Village delivers benefits for so many in our community. Catalyze SV’s members loved the idea of closing down Main Street for events and encourage this activation every weekend and during holidays. We also believe the activated public space should be extended to the playground. We’d also like to see an active sports facility such as a basketball court and Weingarten to explore public Wi-Fi throughout the village.
Transportation Score: 4/5
By putting the parking underground and renting it separately from homes (unbundled), Cambrian Park Village will create a village that prioritizes walkability. While walkability is a good foundation, our members believe bicycle/micromobility access and connectivity should be encouraged within the village. This includes providing bicycle lanes within the village and closing the new public street to thru car traffic, which should provide a safe bike route safety for kids when accessing the playground. We also believe the number of bike parking spaces should be increased for residents (1 space per unit) and visitors. To prioritize transit use, we hope to see bus stop improvements and encourage Weingarten to explore VTA Smart Passes for residents.
Sustainability Score: 3/5
With an expansion of green space, impervious surfaces, and added vegetation, Cambrian Park Village will vastly improve stormwater management over the existing strip mall. Our members appreciate that Weingarten has gone above what is required for the percent of EV parking spaces (although we’d still like to see higher than 16%) and is seeking LEED Neighborhood Development certification. Cambrian Park Village will become the center of the neighborhood, and thus should set an example by pursuing LEED Platinum (or Gold) for its buildings. We’d also like to see native plants throughout the development and the potential of rooftop solar.
Intensity/Zoning Score: 4/5
Cambrian Park Village’s combination of apartments, family homes, assisted living, independent living, hotel, and commercial space will create a lively, multi-generational neighborhood. Our members appreciate Weingarten’s recent addition of independent living and naturally affordable ADUs, which will increase housing types and residents. We understand that putting single-family homes as a buffer to the adjacent neighborhood was based on some neighbor’s feedback. Nevertheless, our members believe that developments like Cambrian Park Village (on the 6% of San Jose’s residential land not limited to single-family homes) should build denser and more affordable options. Considering the region’s ongoing housing crisis, we urge Weingarten to explore substituting out single-family homes to the new street and replacing them with at least townhomes or larger, 2-4 unit detached homes that can provide additional housing.
Affordability Score: 2/5
Catalyze SV members place an extremely high value on projects that provide on-site affordable housing. Since the decision on how Weingarten will meet its inclusionary housing requirement has yet to be made, our score is based on in-lieu fees paid. We strongly encourage Cambrian Park Village to provide at least 15% of the project’s homes as on-site affordable to provide homes for families most in need. Our members believe that on-site affordable housing ensures the affordable homes get built, adds to the diversity of residents, & strengthens communities. We also think the 30 single-family homes without ADUs are a missed opportunity to provide naturally affordable units through additional townhomes or including 30 additional ADUs. We’re glad Weingarten offers to provide displaced tenants with space in the new development and hope this can stabilize the tenants’ lease. With one or more of our suggestions on affordability included, especially affordable housing on-site, our members welcome the chance to score this category higher.
Legacy Score: 4/5
Understanding that Cambrian Park Plaza is a nostalgic location in our community, our members are glad to see Weingarten make efforts to preserve parts of the site. By bringing back the carousel and reusing the heavy timber currently there in the new development, the project can improve vibrancy while maintaining a small part of the site's history. We hope Weingarten will listen to community members in showcasing the preserved timber and finalizing the carousel location, as well as any other ideas for honoring the Cambrian neighborhood’s history & heritage.