Project Site

McEvoy Apartments is a 1.17 acre site located at 280 McEvoy Street (APN 261-38-001, -004, -030, -047, -048 and -049), a couple blocks from Diridon Station, which has been nicknamed the “Grand Central Station of the West” for all the mass transit improvements that are planned for the area. The Guadalupe River bike path is located one block away, which will provide another car-free transportation alternative for residents.  The property currently has a welding shop on-site but the owner is retiring and selling the property.


Population Served


First Community Housing plans to build ~365 units of multifamily housing for households earning up to 60% AMI.  One of the two buildings will house 141 families with a mix of 1-BR, 2-BR, and 3-BR units. The other building will be geared for workforce housing with 224 studios.  One unit will be reserved for on-site staff per building.


Building Description


The project is anticipated to be completed in two phases with one building built in each phase.  Similar to FCH’s 2nd Street Studios property, the buildings will be employing modular construction.  The buildings will be 11-story Type 1 buildings over 2 levels of podium. 

Common areas will include the Property Manager and Social Service Coordinator’s offices, a computer lab, open lounge/seating areas, centralized laundry, and a large outdoor space on the top of the podium and the roof.  FCH is a recognized leader in creating green, affordable housing and like FCH’s other new construction projects, McEvoy Apartments will be designed as a LEED Platinum project.  In addition to sustainable building strategies such as selecting healthy building materials, incorporating water and energy efficient measures, and providing each household with free Eco Passes, FCH will seek out innovative new technologies to showcase in this signature building.


Entitlements Schedule


First Community Housing made a General Plan Amendment request to change the site’s General Plan Land Use/Transportation Diagram land use designation from Mixed Use Commercial to Transit Residential.  The current zoning is Industrial.  FCH has submitted a PD zoning application and a PD permit application to the City.  Planning Commission approval is anticipated in October 2018 with City Council approval following in November 2018.  The entitlements approval (not design review) is required to submit our AHSC funding application in January 2019.  Currently, we are on track to meet the requirements for the AHSC application.


Location: 280 McEvoy Street, San Jose, CA 95126