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 Board of Directors selected...

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 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.

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 consists of the following:

  • 239 new market-rate rental units
  • 89 new, permanently deed-restricted affordable rental units
  • 13,590 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail and commercial space
  • Upgraded VTA parking and transit facilities
  • Substantial public and private open space amenities, including a new transit plaza and improvements along Canoas Creek trail

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.

Environmental Documents

This development requires an Environmental Impact Report. This process is managed by the City of San Jose. A public hearing will be held in Summer 2022 on planning approvals. You can review the environmental documents in the Environmental tab below.  

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.

Environmental Documents

Draft Environmental Impact Report - Review March 10-April 25, 2022
 

The City of San Jose has released the Draft EIR. It is available for public review through April 25. The Draft EIR and documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available below, online at the  city of San Jose's "Active EIRs" website at www.sanjoseca.gov/activeeirs, and also available at the following locations:

  • Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement,200 E. Santa Clara Street, 3rd floor, San José, CA 95113, (408) 535-3555
  • Dr. MLK, Jr., Main Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San José, CA 95112, (408)277-4822
  •  Edenvale Branch Library, 101 Branham Lane E, San José, CA 95111, (408) 808-3036

SP20-012 NOA Draft EIR signed
Blossom Hill Station Draft EIR (03-8-22)
Appendix A NOP Comments Redacted
Appendix B Air Quality Analysis
Appendix C Biological Resources and Arborist Reports
Appendix D Tribal Consultation Letters
Appendix E 2030 GHGRS Compliance Checklist
Appendix F Phase 1 ESA
Appendix G Noise and Vibration Analysis
Appendix H Transportation Analysis
Final Blossom Hill Station Mixed Use Project NOP

Community Outreach

Previous Meetings

To date, VTA has hosted four community meetings. The presentations provided at the meetings are available for download by the selecting following dates. The previous meetings were held on January 2018, October 2018May 15, 2019 and September 9, 2020. The September meeting was a recorded webinar and available on VTA's YouTube channel. It's linked here for easy access: Blossom Hill Station Development Meeting

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

Title
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.

Title
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. On October 13, 2020, the City of San Jose will be holding a Public Scoping meeting. For the Notice of Preparation (NOP) and meeting details and Zoom log in information, go to City of San Jose Meeting Notice.  

Title
Draft Environmental Impact Report
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The City of San Jose has released the Draft EIR. It is available for public review through April 25. The Draft EIR and documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available online at the  city of San Jose's "Active EIRs" website at www.sanjoseca.gov/activeeirs, and also available at the following locations:

  • Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement,200 E. Santa Clara Street, 3rd floor, San José, CA 95113, (408) 535-3555
  • Dr. MLK, Jr., Main Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San José, CA 95112, (408)277-4822
  •  Edenvale Branch Library, 101 Branham Lane E, San José, CA 95111, (408) 808-3036
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Public Hearing - Date tbd (City to host)
Milestone Date
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Construction
Phase Date Range
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Begin Construction
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Complete Project
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Funding

Total Funding
Undetermined, privately funded

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