South Second Street Community Housing

San Jose, CA

Projects: Affordable Housing

South Second Street Community Housing


San Jose, CA


South Second Street Studios is an infill redevelopment project within walking distance of downtown San José. As a sustainable, transit oriented, mixed-use development, the project will revitalize a greatly underutilized property at the gateway to the Spartan/Keyes neighborhood. It will consist of 135 units of affordable rental housing on four floors over 11,000 s.f. of ground-floor retail and supportive social service space. At a density of 116 residential units per acre, the project is exceptionally efficient in its use of land. The project provides permanent supportive housing for extremely low income tenants, including veterans and people with developmental disabilities.

With an attractive retail frontage and outdoor courtyard seating, the South Second Street project is designed to attract foot traffic and facilitate social interaction.

The project will consist of a mix of studio apartments and one-bedroom units, with a two-bedroom manager’s unit. Building amenities will include a residential terrace and covered porch, community room, kitchen, gym with workout equipment, computer lab, multiple lounges and group activity rooms, a landscaped rooftop courtyard and gardens on the ground floor. The ground floor includes shops, restaurants, and social service agencies to serve the residents and local community.

The project will pursue a Gold LEED rating based on rooftop solar panels, water and energy conservation systems, and the use of sustainable materials. It will include a vegetated “living” rooftop that treats and reduces stormwater runoff while providing critical habitat for the endangered Bay Checkerspot butterfly. Bioswales at ground level will collect and treat runoff from other areas of the property.
Facts & Figures
Construction Cost: $32,000,000
Date of Opening: 2018
Key Staff Involved: Rob Quigley, Wendell Shackelford,
Maryanne Welton
Services Provided: Community Workshops, Programming,
Design Through Construction
Sustainable Building Methods: Cal Green, HERS, LEED
California Tax Credit and Bond Funding