By Robert Haugh
There are a lot of rumors that Kylli is abandoning its massive North Santa Clara development called Mission Point.
And there are some major signs, too.
According to sources close to lobbyist and former Councilman Kevin Moore, he was let go months ago when he couldn’t really help move things forward at City Hall.
Singer and Associates was handling PR for the Kylli project and they were let go last month.
Tim Woloshyn, Kylli’s Director of Development, is also no longer with the firm. He and Singer were announced in a press release in February 2019 as part of a major development team.
Now if you go to the Kylli website, this is what you find:
So we had to ask Nicola Yem, Kylli’s Head of Marketing, who is still working with the firm on the Santa Clara project.
Yem hasn’t responded to emails for about three weeks now. We hope she’s still employed with them.
Kylli’s History in Santa Clara
Kylli is the development arm of the Chinese firm Genzon.
Kylli bought the former Yahoo! site on Democracy Way in 2016. They announced plans in 2018 to build 25-60 story buildings on the site.
At the January 23, 2018 City Council meeting, Planning Commissioner Suds Jain said it was too massive and compared it to developments in Hong Kong.
In 2019, Kylli ran into problems with the FAA. The development was considered too high and would impact flights from San Jose Mineta International Airport.
In January 2020, Kylli tried to extend the development agreement they got with the Yahoo! property. But it made no sense because it was for a development plan they didn’t want to build.
Councilmember Raj Chahal proposed giving Kylli a $18 to $30 million break on affordable housing fees. But the majority of the City Council rejected that and turned down the development agreement extension.
We’re not sure what Kylli will do with the property now. We’re not sure who’s left to ask.