Santa Clara Transit Center - Transit Oriented Development

VTA has partnered with the City of Santa Clara and Republic Metropolitan to develop the Santa Clara Station Caltrain Park & Ride lot. The property consists of two parcels: a 1.7-acre site owned by the City and a 0.7-acre site owned by VTA. Republic Metropolitan, a developer, is proposing a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development that will contain housing, ground-floor retail, and Caltrain parking. The development is expected to stimulate the transit station and provide housing and retail opportunities to the local neighborhood.

This site is in the City of Santa Clara on El Camino Real and...

VTA has partnered with the City of Santa Clara and Republic Metropolitan to develop the Santa Clara Station Caltrain Park & Ride lot. The property consists of two parcels: a 1.7-acre site owned by the City and a 0.7-acre site owned by VTA. Republic Metropolitan, a developer, is proposing a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development that will contain housing, ground-floor retail, and Caltrain parking. The development is expected to stimulate the transit station and provide housing and retail opportunities to the local neighborhood.

This site is in the City of Santa Clara on El Camino Real and Benton Street, next to Santa Clara University. It faces the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and is near the future Santa Clara BART Station. It is currently an underutilized Park & Ride lot for Caltrain, VTA bus, and the Altamont Corridor Express.

Republic Metropolitan is proposing a six-story, 545-bed shared housing development on the City-owned lot and a separate 70-unit affordable housing project on VTA’s parcel. The proposal envisions 15,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor activating both El Camino Real and Railroad Avenue. Republic Metropolitan also intends to replace 100 parking spaces available to transit users within the development. Per VTA’s Transit Oriented Development Policy, the affordable component of this development will be accessible to low income households earning up to 60% of Area Median Income.

Community Outreach

VTA held a Community Meeting on October 24, 2019. At this meeting, VTA staff provided an overview of VTA's TOD program, and introduced the the developer, Republic Metropolitan LLC. Republic Metropolitan, LLC shared their vision for the future development and their previous experience, and shared what the next steps were going forward of the development process. A copy of the presentation is available to view or download.

Community Meeting/Public Hearing, Thursday July 9, 2020

VTA is sharing the following notice from the developer, Republic Metropolitan.

The community is invited to participate in an online public meeting , Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 PM to learn more about the Santa Clara Station development proposed at 500 Benton Street in the City of Santa Clara.

Republic Metropolitan applied to the City requesting a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning to develop the site into a mixed-use housing project.  Before the City considers this request, Republic Metropolitan is outreaching to the community to present its development vision and is soliciting your input.

The proposed project would allow the replacement of a surface parking lot and relocation of a City well and pump station on a 2.59 acre project site with two new buildings on two separate parcels.  An eight- story building consisting of six stories of residential development with 170 student/workforce units constructed over two stories of above-grade structured parking and one level of below-grade parking with 13,600 square feet of ground floor retail/commercial space would be constructed on a 1.88 acre parcel fronting El Camino Real.  A smaller seven-story building consisting of four stories of residential development with 70 affordable workforce housing units constructed over three stories of above-grade structured parking with 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail/commercial space would be constructed on a 0.71 acre parcel fronting Benton Street and Railroad Avenue.  Retail, recreation, community, and outdoor spaces are proposed to activate the ground level across from the transit station. Caltrain parking will also be incorporated into the projects.  The proposed development is located on land owned by the City of Santa Clara and VTA.

For complete details, we encourage you to attend the virtual meeting. Republic Metropolitan and The Michaels Organization will present the project and receive community feedback. City staff will also be present. The online meeting may be accessed at the Zoom Meeting Link provided below.

The community can send questions or comments to the developer and City staff:

Developer contact: Kelly Macy
City of Santa Clara contact: Jeff Schwilk

Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/89226519796
Conference Call: 669-900-9128 or 253-215-8782
Webinar ID - 892 2651 9796
Meeting Password: 488868

 

Development Opportunities

Learn more about VTA's Portfolio of Transit Oriented Development Opportunities

 

Timeline

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Project Development
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Exclusive Negotiation Agreement
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Community Meeting: Santa Clara Transit Center - Transit Oriented Development
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Join us for a community meeting and help shape the future development of the Santa Clara Transit Center, that serves the Caltrain, and VTA bus parking. The City of Santa Clara and VTA have partnered...
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Development Plan Submittal
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Community Meeting: General Plan Amendment/Rezoning Application
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The community is invited to participate in an online public meeting,Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 PM to learn more about the Santa Clara Station development proposed at 500 Benton Street in the City of Santa Clara.

Republic Metropolitan applied to the City requesting a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning to develop the site into a mixed-use housing project. 

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City Review, General Plan/Rezoning, Environmental (CEQA) Review
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Planning Commission and City Council Hearings
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Caltrain Temporary Parking Relocation
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Construction
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Funding

Total Funding
Undetermined, privately funded

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