SAN JOSE — A huge, high-profile office complex near San Jose’s Santana Row has resumed construction, the principal owners of the retail center and office project said Wednesday, in a fresh sign that some parts of the Bay Area economy have begun to revive amid coronavirus-linked business shutdowns.
One Santana West, a modern office building expected to attract a tech company is its tenant, formally resumed construction on Wednesday, Federal Realty, the owner of Santana Row, said.
The new office building totals 375,000 square feet and is the vanguard of what will be a vast tech campus that would rise next to the iconic Santana Row complex.
“We are thrilled to be back underway,” said Jan Sweetnam, Federal Realty’s West Coast chief operating officer. “The development and construction teams have been working out new systems for health and safety.”
One Santana West is one of the numerous construction projects that were halted for weeks amid business shutdowns ordered by state and local government agencies in a quest to restrain the spread of the coronavirus.
Devcon Construction has launched an array of protocols for safe construction operations made necessary due to concerns over the deadly bug.
The new office building, located near the corner of Winchester Boulevard and Olsen Drive, is across the street from Santana Row, a destination mixed-use complex of shops, restaurants, hotel facilities, housing, and tech offices.
Federal Realty has already achieved a major win for attracting big tech companies when it landed a leasing deal with Splunk to occupy a pair of big office buildings at Santana Row.
“There are precious few office options like Santana West available and Federal Realty looks forward to delivering the best of Silicon Valley to companies needing space next year,” Sweetnam said.