Jackson/Taylor Revitalization Strategy

Location: 

San Jose, California

The Jackson-Taylor Revitalization Strategy represents an ubiquitous urban opportunity to transform decaying industrial sites along old freight rail corridors into mixed-use neighborhoods with excellent transit service. Originally the site of San Jose’s fruit and vegetable canneries, the Jackson Taylor site lies north of Downtown San Jose. The project was a key piece in the city’s efforts to redevelop its downtown supported by a new light rail network and creating a series of urban nodes radiating from it.

The Jackson-Taylor plan took advantage of the site’s proximity to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail system as well as a proposed Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station at the site to provide housing options, neighborhood shopping and job opportunities. Weaving together two diverse ethnic neighborhoods, the plan also featured a Japanese cultural center and a ‘mercado’ for the Hispanic community. Within a framework of parks, plazas and pedestrian-friendly streets, the plan accommodated 2,100 new homes as well as civic and commercial uses. A key feature of the planning process was the extensive input from neighborhood groups, property owners and other stakeholders.

Project Summary

    

Client: 

City of San Jose, California

Type: 

TOD Neighborhood Plan | Urban Infill

Program: 

Strategic revitalization for 75 ac (30 ha) underutilized industrial site along freight rail line | 2,150 DUs | 800k sq ft (75k sq m) commercial

Status: 

Construction started 1995; ongoing