1510-1540 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA 95126
Project Type: Affordable Housing + Youth Center
Owner/Developer: Santa Clara County Office of Supportive Housing + Allied Housing
Presented to our members: November 2021
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Parkmoor (Hub) Project Scorecard
Parkmoor (Hub) by Santa Clara County’s Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) and Allied Housing’s proposal is for a
mixed-use, an affordable housing development consisting of a 68-foot building featuring 16,948
square feet for the new Hub Youth Center, as well housing reserved for members of these youth
programs. This project features 81 affordable units - half of which will be reserved for members of
the Hub Youth Program - and 16,948 square feet of commercial space on 1.6 acres in Midtown
Parkmoor (Hub) scored 4 out of 5 overall from our Project Advocacy Committee members.
Community Score: 3/5
Catalyze SV recognizes how extensively Allied Housing and Santa Clara County’s
Office of Supportive Housing have engaged community groups regarding this project.
We also note the project team’s use of innovative tools to obtain, document & share back the
community’s input. Our members did appreciate the efforts to conduct multiple public meetings,
as well as one-on-one stakeholder meetings to include the feedback of underserved voices of
at-risk youth who may benefit most from this project. Our members were also surprised by how
the County’s own staff at the Hub who showed up to CSV’s PAC meeting didn’t seem fully aware
of the project or involved in the public engagement around it. An improvement our members
would like to see is for the developer to have more information regarding the community
outreach strategy and specific information regarding the stakeholders that have been engaged
as a part of the process. We understand that more stakeholder meetings are still being
conducted and so more information may soon be available.
Vibrancy Score: 4/5
Our members appreciate the efforts undertaken by the architect and developer to
create smooth integration between the Hub center and the residential space. We
appreciate that the developer has allocated 7,9000 square feet of common outdoor space for
the residents of the project, in addition to the roughly 9,300 square feet for the Hub Youth
Center. This will ensure both residents and members of The Hub will have ample access to
outdoor space. We were also pleased to see some of the streetscape improvements that would
improve the walkability and safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Our members also appreciated
the proposal to incorporate public art that is driven by some of the Hub members. One
recommendation we have to improve this project is to possibly incorporate more foliage to
improve the cohesion between the residential open space and The Hub open space.
Transportation Score: 4/5
Our members believe this site’s proximity to public transit will encourage residents and
employees of The Hub to use alternative forms of transportation. By adding more bike
parking spaces than what the City requires, this project is headed in the right direction. We were
also happy to see a low parking ratio of 0.44 spaces per unit ratio proposed for this project, as
this will minimize the traffic impact to the surrounding area and promote the use of transit. Our
members strongly encourage this project to offer VTA Smart Passes for both the employees and
the residents. Another improvement our members would like is a bike kitchen or maintenance
space for residents and members of The Hub youth program to safely store their bikes and
make repairs. Bicycle maintenance could be a valuable skill for the youth.
Sustainability Score: 4/5
The Parkmoor (Hub) proposal has several sustainability measures, including planned
solar/PV panels and energy-efficient, low water-use appliances, as well as the
potential to convert residential parking to electric vehicle parking. Our members also appreciate
that the solar energy generated will be used to offset the increased energy demands of the
common areas. Though the project will achieve the city’s required LEED Silver standard, our
members always encourage developers to reach a higher LEED level or equivalent certification.
Intensity/Zoning Score: 4/5
An aspect our members value most about this proposal is its creative use of San
Jose’s zoning code and General Plan for a site that doesn’t typically allow for housing
unless it is 100% affordable. By doing this, the proposal seeks to transform a site currently idle
and won’t require a subsequent general plan amendment or zoning change. We understand
that some existing limitations of the site including the project’s proximity to the I-280 freeway
and an existing cell tower on the site limit the ability to develop the site to a maximum build
allowed. However, we still encourage the developer to explore adding additional units by
increasing the building height.
Affordability Score: 5/5
Our members are pleased to see the project’s residential component is 100%
affordable housing - renting 50% of its 81 units to those with extremely low incomes
(making between 30-80% of the Area Median Income). We also appreciate that half of these
units will be reserved for youths of The Hub program and that these residents will be able to
remain even if they age out of the program. This project also offers units ranging from studios to
3-bedroom units, the latter of which means affordable rates for families.
Legacy Score: N/A
Members of Catalyze SV didn’t think this category was applicable to this site.