Current Land Use
Camden Post-Secondary Academy, Maintenance Yard, District Office
Acknowledging that the site's current General Plan designation of Public/Quasi Public (PQP) is intended to maintain the City of San Jose’s inventory of employment lands, CUHSD sought commercial developers for the whole 12-acre site in order to maintain fidelity with the City’s General Plan.
With guidance from our realty consultants, the district sought commercial development partners that provided commercial uses that the surrounding neighborhoods would find beneficial. In particular, the district sought commercial uses that would not significantly impact traffic, noise, quality of life, and property value.
We determined that self-storage and memory care/child day care commercial development for each of the property’s end lots may be the best commercial uses for the site. However, during a period of almost 18 months, the district could not find any developers, including the development partners for the two site frontages, that were interested in developing the middle six acres of the site. Our realty consultants helped us conclude there is no market demand for commercial development for this long and narrow six acres because it is landlocked between two residential neighborhoods with no visibility from the street. The conditions which make this part of the site undesirable for commercial development will not change with time. CUHSD determined that the next best land use would be Residential Neighborhood (RN).
Possible Land Uses
Self Storage (Land Lease), Homes (Land Exchange for new District Office), Memory Care & Child Day Care (Land Lease)
To maintain one of our guiding principles of “being a good neighbor,” we sought a residential development solution to conform with the prevailing existing neighborhood character as defined by density, lot size, orientation, and form.
With regard to community engagement, CUHSD sought to have the community take the journey with us in order to understand why we are taking this step, and to ensure no surprises by any requirements of the General Plan amendment process such as the development signs that are posted at the property. CUHSD conducted several community meetings for the residents who live within 1500 feet of the project, and attended community meetings with the Cambrian Community Council, Friends of Cambrian Park Plaza, Branham PTSA, Leigh Home & School Club, Del Mar PTSA, Prospect PTSA, and Westmont PTSA in order to gain feedback on the mixed-use development proposal. There was overwhelming community support for this project with 1265 signed letters of support and no organized opposition.
The project also creates more employment land for the City of San Jose given the fact that the identified commercial use along both Union and Camden will double the current jobs on the site. Additionally, this 12-acre site will be added to the property tax roll, for the first time, generating additional revenue for the county, city and school district.
In order to implement the mixed-use development proposal, District staff members submitted a General Plan amendment application to the City of San Jose requesting that the 3.28 acres at the Camden frontage be rezoned from PQP to Commercial Industrial Commercial (CIC) and that the 6 acres in the narrow middle section be rezoned from PQP to RN. On December 11th, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to approve the District’s General Plan amendment.
With the approval of the General Plan amendment, residential land will be exchanged for ownership of the Heritage Village Office complex near downtown Campbell, providing immediate tenant lease revenue. The frontages of the property are slated to become 66-year ground leases. Between all the leases and tenant income, CUHSD expects to receive $1M to $1.5M in UNRESTRICTED annual revenue for the general fund. This amounts to over $100M over the 66-year term. Additionally, CUHSD will retain ownership of the leased property, and at the end of the lease, will own the buildings that our development partners construct.
Heritage Village Offices