Developer plans to transform Cambrian Park Plaza into modern urban village


View along Union Avenue in San Jose.  Rendering for Cambrian Park Plaza Mixed-Use Village.
(courtesy Weingarten Realty Investors)

View along Union Avenue in San Jose. Rendering for Cambrian Park Plaza Mixed-Use Village.
(courtesy Weingarten Realty Investors)

View at the corner of Camden and Union Avenues in San Jose. Rendering for Cambrian Park Plaza Mixed-Use Village.
(courtesy Weingarten Realty Investors)

Weingarten Realty and Kenneth Rodriguez architects

Cambrian Park Plaza conceptual images show a view of the future retail, restaurant, hotel, residential and open space complex in southwest San Jose.

Overview rendering for Cambrian Park Plaza Mixed-Use Village.
(courtesy Weingarten Realty Investors)

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Hundreds of townhouses and apartments, a couple of hotels, a convalescent home, a town square and a small park would mix with stores and shops at the renovated Cambrian Park Plaza shopping center, according to recently unveiled preliminary design plans.

Weingarten Realty’s designs depict a modern urban village, which the developer said reflect changes from the original plan to incorporate community feedback. Weingarten initially wanted to revamp the retro retail plaza just for commercial use and then announced last year it would add housing.

After several community meetings and an online survey of more than 1,300 people, Weingarten revealed its latest iteration last week for the 17-acre site at the corner of Camden and Union avenues.

Several renderings show sleek, contemporary structures in cool neutral tones with minimalist elements and floor-to-ceiling windows. Abstract metal sculptures and twinkling string lights would decorate an outdoor seating area.

Local architecture firm Kenneth Rodrigues and Partners drew inspiration from such places as downtown Los Gatos and Campbell and Cupertino’s Main Street, according to Weingarten, which paid $49 million for the property more than two years ago.

“Weingarten worked hard to improve the village plan to address all of the feedback,” company spokeswoman Carrie Murray said in an email.

The iconic carousel sign that has greeted shoppers for more than 60 years would be relocated to the one-acre park planned …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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