The Milpitas Midtown Specific Plan provides a new vision for an approximately 1,000-acre area of land which is currently undergoing changes related to its growing role as a housing and employment center in Silicon Valley.
Midtown Specific Plan
The Milpitas Midtown Specific Plan provides a new vision for an approximately 1,000-acre area of land which is currently undergoing changes related to its growing role as a housing and employment center in Silicon Valley. Development activity over the past several years has included approval and/or construction of 1,200 units of housing, reinvestment in the Great Mall, extension of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s (VTA’s) Tasman East Light Rail Transit (LRT) line, and proposals to extend Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) through the area as part of the San Jose extension. Rather than responding to development proposals on a site by site basis, the City of Milpitas (the City) undertook a specific plan process in order to look comprehensively at the planning area and provide a cohesive vision for the future.
Main Street is one of the beating hearts of Milpitas. How do we keep what makes Main Street great while building it up to be even better?
In partnership with local nonprofit CatalyzeSV, the City of Milpitas facilitated a series of three Community Conversations on Revitalizing Main Street, each revolving around a different aspect of the future of Main Street. The first conversation focused on business, the second conversation focused on housing, and the third conversation focused on history and culture. It was a pleasure to hear feedback and collaborate with our community in these sessions. The feedback received through these events will help the City of Milpitas with the Gateway/Main St. Specific Plan, which is an update of the Midtown Specific Plan. City staff will initiate the Gateway/Main St. Specific Plan later this summer. Please stay tuned for more opportunities to participate in future community outreach events and provide feedback on this important effort.
YouTube videos for each conversation can be found at the links below:
The Main Street Study area is approximately 30 acres and generally bound by Carlo Street on the north, Calaveras Boulevard, South Abbott and South Abel Street on the west, Corning Avenue on the south and the Union Pacific Railroad track to the east. The study area is currently designated as Mixed Use and consists primarily of older one and two-story buildings containing a variety of uses developed next to each other. Some buildings exist along the street while others are set back behind parking lots. Each parcel includes its own access driveway resulting in auto oriented streetscape. Site development has occurred haphazardly over the years and the area lacks cohesiveness and a coordinated development plan. There is also interest in redeveloping this area by taking into consideration the following factors:
- The site’s location and history as Milpitas’ “Main Street”;
- Underutilized buildings and parcels and smaller scale development pattern’
- Opportunities for new pedestrian oriented, mixed-use district;
- Access and visibility from Calaveras Boulevard.
- Fulfilling the “precise Plan” requirement contained within the Midtown Specific Plan.