Kylli’s Mega Development Hires New Team and Consultants
By Robert Haugh
Kylli is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese company Genzon Investment Group Co., Ltd.
In the last two months, they’ve sent out a couple press releases announcing new hires:
Randi Gerson, VP of Real Estate Development
Andrea Jones, Senior Director of Development
Nicola Yem, Head of Marketing
Tim Woloshyn, Director of Development
They’ve got a lot of experience with development, but nothing in Santa Clara.
Kylli also has on their team Singer and Associates. That’s a familiar name. Sam Singer is a communications consultant for the City. According to our sources, there’s no legal conflict of interests if he’s working on development projects.
But the press releases left out a prominent name — Kevin Moore. So we had to ask. Singer’s team confirmed that Kevin is still a registered lobbyist for the project.
Good thing for Kylli. Moore is a former Santa Clara Councilman. A lot of people say he is single-handedly responsible for Levi’s Stadium being built in the Mission City. In fact, Moore even wrote a book about how he did it.
Moore is the only one on the Kylli team who understands Santa Clara and has successfully made a big project happen in the Northside.
60-Story Towers, 6,000 Housing Units
And the Kylli proposal is big … it’s actually mega big.
It’s currently zoned for 3 million square feet of office. The Kylli team wants to double it. They’re talking lots of high rises. When they made a presentation to the Council in January 2018, they said towers could be between 36-60 stories tall. Wow.
The proposal is for a mixed-use development and includes 6,000 units of housing. That’s an additional 12,000 to 18,000 residents in the Northside. Double wow.
Planning Commission Chair Suds Jain testified for himself (not the Commission) at that meeting. He said it’s way too big and compared it to Hong Kong developments. Triple wow.
The Kylli team will be organizing more community meetings this year.
Here’s a suggestion. Since they’re on the old Yahoo! site and since they’re proposing a mega development, maybe they should add an exclamation point to their name and make it Kylli!