Blossom Hill Station Transit Oriented Development

The Blossom Hill Station is a 7.59-acre property is located along Blossom Hill Road at Canoas Creek and serves as a Park & Ride lot for Light Rail and Bus passengers.

The parking lot has the potential for mixed use/mixed income transit residential and commercial development. Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD) enhance VTA’s transit operations through increases in ridership and infrastructure improvements. TOD allows people to live and work near public transportation which helps clear the air, ease traffic and get you moving more efficiently and reliably.

VTA’s TOD Program works with...

The Blossom Hill Station is a 7.59-acre property is located along Blossom Hill Road at Canoas Creek and serves as a Park & Ride lot for Light Rail and Bus passengers.

The parking lot has the potential for mixed use/mixed income transit residential and commercial development. Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD) enhance VTA’s transit operations through increases in ridership and infrastructure improvements. TOD allows people to live and work near public transportation which helps clear the air, ease traffic and get you moving more efficiently and reliably.

VTA’s TOD Program works with municipal and private partners to encourage the development of housing, retail, and employment centers in places that will help increase transit ridership and contribute to a vibrant community. Among VTA’s TOD requirements is that 20% of housing on a particular site must be affordable.

VTA's Board of Directors selected developer partner, Green Republic Blossom Hill LLC, at the March 2019 board meeting. Green Republic Blossom Hill is a joint venture between Republic Urban, Swenson, and EAH Housing. VTA staff are working with the developer to define the project and seek necessary approvals from the City of San Jose.

​​​Station Access Study 

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) initiated this Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Station Access Study to analyze multi-modal station access and circulation at the Blossom Hill Light Rail Station. The analysis was conducted in two phases in coordination with a proposed residential mixed-use joint development project located south of Highway 85 and north of Blossom Hill Road on a portion of the park-and-ride site. Phase 1 of this Station Access Study evaluated current and future needs and conditions. Following submission of the Signature Project Application by the developer to the City of San José in March 2020, Phase 2 expands the off-site analysis and also assesses parking, bicycling, walking, and station facility needs. This memorandum (Station Access Study) is the deliverable for Phase 2 of the work scope.

Community Outreach

Green Republic LLC, has created a vibrant, mixed-use, mixed-affordability transit-oriented development proposal to replace a portion of the parking lot at the Blossom Hill Station. This development includes 325 units of multifamily housing, and 12,000 square feet of commercial retail space; 212 transit parking spaces; public open spaces and amenities, and potential Canoas Creek trail improvements.

An online community meeting and discussion was held on September 9, 2020. Did you miss it? You can download the presentation, watch the recorded meeting via YouTube, and provide your feedback and collaborate in an online survey!  

Previous Meetings

To date, VTA has hosted four community meetings. The presentations provided at the meetings are available for download by the following dates. In addition to the most recent mentioned above, the previous meetings were held on January 2018, October 2018, and May 15, 2019.

VTA staff are available to speak with you or present this information at your neighborhood meeting. Please contact us at the number listed below and we will coordinate this with you.

Development Opportunities

Learn more about VTA's Portfolio of TOD Opportunities.

Timeline

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Project Development
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Community Meeting: Visioning
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VTA Board of Directors voted to develop housing in two of the three parking areas closest to the station
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Request for Proposals (RFP) sent to developer community
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Community Meeting: Development Process and Schedule
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Proposals Received and Reviewed by a Selection Panel
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VTA Board Voted to Enter into a 1 year negotiation with Green Republic Blossom Hill LLC
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323 Apartments, of which 84 will be classified as affordable to low-income renters.

10,775 square feet of retail and commercial space will be available.

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Exclusive Negotiation Agreement
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Extended from May 2019 to August 2020.

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Community Meeting: Meet the Developer
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Signature Project: Development Permit Applications, Environmental Review
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Blossom Hill Station Joint and Transit-Oriented Development Project Update
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Due the COVID-19 pandemic, this community meeting was held via Zoom Webinar and live streamed via YouTube.  You can download the presentation slides, and participate in the developer survey

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Notice of Preparation-Environmental Impact Report
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This development requires an Environmental Impact Report. This will be managed by the City of San Jose. The City of San Jose will be holding a Public Scoping meeting sometime this month, or possibly in November. When the date is confirmed and the Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been released by the City of San Jose, VTA will share the meeting information and link to the NOP.

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Public Hearings
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Construction
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Funding

Total Funding
Undetermined, privately funded

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