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SJSU Student Apartments Await City’s Approval

V-1Posted on March 15, 2016 by  by By Michael Hopek

Developer Mark Hirth of Hirth Land & Development Co. took questions and comments from San Jose residents critical of a proposed student housing project near San Jose State University at a community meeting on Feb. 24. While some were skeptical others praised the development as a project the city desperately needed.

The 86 unit building would be located two blocks from campus on E. Santa Clara St. and 11th St. and house 171 San Jose State University students. The seven floor building would mix student housing with retail, restaurants and office space. The 0.6 gross acre site would feature a 5,560 square feet on the ground floor for retail and 5,700 square feet of office space on the second floor. The project totals 11,440 square feet, including room for a possible restaurant in the ground floor plaza.

Residents were apprehensive about the density of noisy college students in the downtown area. They complained that the project might add unnecessary commotion and traffic for locals. Others believed parking could be a potential problem, with one resident asserting that he didn’t think that 67 parking spaces for 171 beds was enough.

Hirth responded that a planned nearby BART station and multiple bus stops would discourage students from driving. He assured the audience that fewer students are using cars in urban university environments.

SJSU was “originally a commuter college but has grown more and more and it’s drawing students from outside of the area,” said Hirth.

While some residents were anxious, others welcomed the idea of this development underscoring the challenging housing situation in San Jose and across the Bay Area. “This area needs a shot in the arm, we’ve got to get some development going,” said one local property owner. At the community proposal Hirth argued that the plan would “blend the university life with the present community life” by supplying needed housing to students and growing local business.

SJSU’s student body has increased by almost 8,000 undergraduates since 2008, creating a large demand for student housing in and surrounding downtown San Jose. Around 86 percent of students live off campus, impacting rental prices and availability.

The project would stand independent from the university as commercial residential housing. It still needs evaluation by City Council and the Planning Commission and Director in order to receive a Planned Development Permit. Department of Housing Division Manager Chen Wayne explained that the housing market has not been able to meet the affordable demand, and San Jose rents are at the highest rate on record with noticeable recent spikes in home sales and prices.

Hirth’s project proposal is part of the growing interest in redevelopment in downtown San Jose. Wayne added, “I think we are seeing a rebirth of downtown San Jose, as a result we are seeing a lot of interest in high rise development,” and noted the city has three high-rise residential towers that have been or will be completed shortly and around 20 projects in the city approval phase.

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One South Market in Downtown San Jose

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2000年從台灣來到美國加州的矽谷San Jose, 從不適應到習慣, 從只會煮泡麵到可以辦桌開派對, 在美國的生活經驗讓我學習成長, 因為可以盡情做各方面的嘗試, 而且有機會結交來自世界各地的朋友,  從他們身上看到不同的傳統習俗和國際觀, 我想是最大的收穫.

舊金山灣區 (San Francisco Bay Area)是一個得天獨厚的好地方, 不論是地理位置, 氣候, 生活品質, 工作機會, 多元文化與美食, 在在都讓許多人以此為落腳的地方, 這裡有來自世界各地的人, 貢獻他們的專長, 分享他們的成長背景, 而我所居住的聖荷西 (San Jose) 是美國第十大城, 往北可到舊金山, 那帕酒鄉 (Napa), 往南可到蒙特瑞 (Monterey), 聖塔芭芭拉 (Santa Barbara), 洛杉磯 (LA), 往東可到太浩湖 (Tahoe), 優勝美地 (Yosemite), 死谷 (Death Valley), 雖然四季不如東岸分明, 但是想做四季活動卻很方便, 冬天想滑雪也不過二小時車程.

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我從2002年開始住進 Eichler Home (就是Steve Jobs在他自傳中提到他所住的住宅), 建於60年代, 屬於非常簡單現代的建築設計, 有幾種不同的屋頂形狀和Floor Plan. 我家大門進來有一個露天的中庭, 開放式廚房, 客廳有一整面的落地窗對著後院, 採光極佳, 而我本身就特別喜愛摩登建築, 現代造型的傢具和藝術品, 很希望有一天能去北歐旅遊.

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攝影 – 是我少數幾個興趣當中, 維持幾年之後還依然有熱情, 我把空閒時間全投入在攝影學習上, 當我懂得越多, 我對專業攝影師的尊敬越高, 因為每一張相片都是他們經過思考和計算, 才按下快門, 同一景也許已經往返數十次, 拍過上千張, 最後是千中選一的精選, 實屬不易. 他們不但有專業攝影知識, 也超級有耐心和毅力, 令人佩服.  幾年下來, 我也漸漸摸索出自己的喜好和風格, 我的攝影主題以靜物為主, 包括食物, 房子, 風景, 花, 有興趣看我的攝影作品的人可以上我的官網.

在自修攝影幾年後感到進步有限, 加上坊間開設商業攝影課程實在不多, 在2009年的六月獨自前往位在Montana (蒙大拿州)的Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 參加為期五個月的Intensive Career Training Program, 並在2010年的九月舉辦首次攝影展, 來慶祝並和大家分享我移民美國十週年的里程碑.

2012年開始學習Video Filming and Final Cut Pro Editing, 從靜態的照相到動態的錄影, 這中間的轉變很有趣, 結果也讓我自己驚訝. 我發現自己喜歡Filming更勝過Photography, 因為牽扯的東西更多, 音樂對於影片有很大的影響力, 是我之前拍靜物沒有發覺的. 太有意思了.

人生很長, 我還有很多東西想學, 很多地方想去, 很多沒嘗試過的新鮮事物等著去摸索, 我衷心相信歐普拉說的:

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what your believe.

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