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Erik Hayden Jan 25, 2023 10:16:04 AM 7 min read

We’re about to break ground on Keystone

Although the Bay Area’s hotel market has struggled throughout the pandemic, we at Urban Catalyst remain bullish on its future. We’ve scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for our 175-key extended-stay Marriott TownePlace Suites, named Keystone; stay tuned for future development updates. We'll soon begin building Downtown San Jose’s first extended-stay hotel, one that’s within walking distance of Google’s planned mixed-use campus. 


Obtaining construction financing for any large project is no small feat, especially with the current market for interest rates. We aim to secure construction financing for Gifford Place, our 167-unit senior living project about a block away from Keystone, and for TMBR, our 272-unit apartment project across from Gifford.


The city of San Jose approved in December our proposal to increase TMBR’s unit count to 272 from 184. We’ve already broken ground on Gifford and plan to go vertical on it as soon as we obtain the necessary capital.


We’ve leased almost the entire ground floor of our Paseo office-retail project and expect our tenants to be operational in the fourth quarter. Paseo’s tenant roster consists of craft cocktail bar Eos & Nyx, ax-throwing venue Unofficial Logging and Downtown San Jose’s first indoor mini-golf course, Urban Putt.




They’ll be able to commence tenant improvements on their spaces at the end of this quarter, after we finish “turning over” their future storefronts. We’ve got one retail availability left on Paseo’s ground floor and are close to announcing that tenant. 

Our cold-shell improvements to the building’s second and third floors, consisting of 75,000 square feet of new office space, are slated for completion early next quarter. Anyone interested in touring the space, at the southwest corner of Paseo de San Antonio and South Second Street, can visit our Paseo leasing website.


Our capital markets team is in discussions with multiple student housing operators to take our The Mark project vertical. The city of San Jose is processing our initial building permit application we filed in December for the 23-story Mark, our 240-unit student-focused apartment project a block from San Jose State University.


The city’s building division also is reviewing our permit submittal for Echo, a nearly 400-unit apartment building next door to our 500,000-square-foot Icon office development.


We’ll be closing on the acquisition of the final parcel that makes up our Icon-Echo site, which spans roughly half a city block bounded by North Fourth, East Saint John and East Santa Clara streets, by the end of March. We plan to start infrastructure work on Icon and Echo in the second quarter. 


We continue to hold talks with potential joint venture partners to take our Fountain Alley Building office-retail project vertical and hope to have more updates to share in our next update. We’re raising funds for Icon and Echo through our second Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund


Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about how to invest in Fund II. 

Architectural renderings courtesy of Aedis Architects, ARC TEC, Basile Studio, BDE Architecture, brick., HGA, holzdesign, Stemach Design + Architecture, Studio Current, and WRNS Studio.


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