By Jeffrey Steele
Multifamily development firm Western National Group, in partnership with Anchor Real Estate Capital and Fantasia Holding Group, has broken ground on The Platform. The new multifamily apartment community in San Jose, Calif., which owes its name in part to its adjacency to a planned BART rapid transit station, will deliver first units in 2019.
Situated within the Market Park San Jose master-planned community, one of the largest planned mixed-use developments in the city’s history, The Platform will feature 551 units and approximately 37,500 square feet of retail space.
The transit-oriented development will be the nearest apartment community to the new Berryessa BART transit station, allowing residents to walk to BART trains. The station is scheduled to open in June 2018, with trains arriving at regular 7.5-minute intervals.
Two by two
The Platform is designed to meet the needs of families not yet ready to invest in a home purchase, but who enjoy upscale amenities that deliver a high quality of life.
Among those amenities are two resort-style pools, two fitness centers with indoor-outdoor convertible space, multiple high-end outdoor kitchen areas, a dog salon, two bike stations for maintenance and storage and two clubhouses with indoor entertainment and gaming facilities. “We have planned The Platform as a lifestyle-oriented community that delivers best-in-market amenities and design features,” said H. Jon Paynter, managing director of development for Western National Properties.
“By ensuring that The Platform is fully appointed with the latest in lifestyle amenities and is tenanted with strong retailers, our residents will enjoy a high quality of life and a connection to all the services they need for daily routines. Residents will be able to walk downstairs to enjoy a cup of coffee, drop off laundry, have lunch or dinner and visit other day to-day convenience shops without ever having to use a car.”
Accessing job centers
Residents of The Platform will have easy access to major area employers, among them Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Tesla, Netflix and San Jose State University.
“The development’s close proximity to San Jose’s only BART station will connect residents to various Bay Area destinations and allow them to travel to the East Bay and San Francisco,” Paynter said.
“The new Berryessa station, which will be the southernmost BART station to open, will offer residents the opportunity to live in San Jose and easily commute to major nearby employment centers . . . There are plans in place for a future BART station in downtown San Jose, which will further connect our residents with employment and entertainment options throughout the region. The Platform’s close proximity to public transit and major urban centers will provide renters with safe and comfortable suburban living with the option to easily visit the area’s urban center.”