Second Street Studios is located at the intersection of South Second Street and Keyes, a gateway to Downtown San Jose’s southern entrance. This 135 unit affordable housing project occupies four floors above commercial space. The retail will be owned by a separate entity through condominium sub-division.
Building amenities and features include:
Ground-Floor Supportive Services and shops/restaurants
Community Room and Kitchen
Multiple Lounges and Group Activity Rooms
Internet Access in Each Unit and Common Areas
Social Service Office and Interview Room
Second Floor Open Space Area
Location adjacent to Major Bus Lines
Free Annual Transit Passes for All Resident
Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA is the award-winning architectural firm that designed the five-story building.
The building includes 9,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with on-site parking for customers, employees, and residents. The building was included in the LEED for Homes Mid-rise pilot program, a voluntary rating system that promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The development received a LEED Platinum certification, the highest of the four rankings. This is achieved through an Integrated Design Process and involves focusing on sustainability both during construction and operation of the building.
Some of the green features include:
A working urban micro-farm on site
Free transit passes for all residents and a transit screen to take fullest advantage of high-quality mass transit nearby
Extra insulation and window treatments, including anti-glare and double-glazing
High-efficiency water heaters, HVAC systems, and appliances
Conservative water use through low-flow fixtures and efficient drip irrigation in drought-tolerant landscaping
Regional, recycled, and healthy building materials used, including formaldehyde-free insulation, cabinets, counters and shelving, linoleum flooring, low-VOC paints, sealants, adhesives and finishes
Storm water runoff directed into bioswales and rain gardens to recharge the aquifer
The use of a modular construction system which increased efficiency and produced less waste
Structured retail and residential parking is provided on the ground floor and below grade. Protected bicycle parking for both residents and guests is available.
Of the 135 units, one is a 2BR manager’s apartment, 6 are 1BR apartments and 128 are 450SF studio apartments. All units have a kitchen and accessible bathroom. The 1BR and 2BR units have exterior balconies. All units are permanent supportive housing with Project Based Vouchers for extremely low income households that are the most vulnerable to the high housing costs in the region. FCH partners with experienced healthcare and supportive service provider Abode Services to ensure that appropriate on-site services are available to improve the quality of life of this special needs population.
RENTAL INFO: This development is devoted entirely to permanent supportive housing. Residents are selected by the County of Santa Clara through the Office of Supportive Housing. If you are homeless or are looking for supportive housing, please call any of the numbers found at this link: http://scc.hmis.cc/participating-agencies/. Note that residents do pay 1/3 of their income in rent.
Ultimate Borrower: Second Street Studios, L.P.
General Partner: First Community Housing
Architect: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA
General Contractor: Branagh, Inc.
Second Street Studios
1144 South 2nd Street,
San Jose, CA 95112
Project Type: Supportive Housing
Land Area: 1.16 acres
Project Design: 4 residential floors over ground floor retail and 2 levels of parking
Residential Floor Area: 81,318 sf
No. Res. Bldgs: 1
Community Room (s) Floor Area: 3,869 sf interior + 12,152 sf exterior common space
No. Stories: 5
Parking Spaces: 127
APN: 477-01-074; 079; 082; 083
Parking Type: retail parking at grade and residential parking below grade
Commercial Uses (Specify): 9,000 SF of neighborhood-serving retail on ground floor