By Robert Haugh
The Related Company’s megadevelopment in the Northside is taking shape in a big way.
It’s was once called “City Place.” Now, it’s called “Related Santa Clara.” Obviously, we like the new name.
Yesterday, at the City Council meeting the Development Area Plan (DAP) 2 for Phase 2 of the project was approved on a 6-0 vote.
Related also showed off some really neat drawings of what they want to do.
The architect is world-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster who was announced last year.
He and his firm Foster Partners also designed Apple Park in Cupertino.
The centerpiece looks like it’ll be a “global food market.” It’ll be about the same size as San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace.
It’ll also be the first timber building in Silicon Valley, according to Related. Wow.
Timber is a fire-safe building material. It also absorbs carbon and is good for the environment.
It’s considered by experts to be better than steel for the future of construction.
This will be a great new uptown for Santa Clara.
Let’s hope we can revitalize our original downtown, too. Then, we’ll never complain again about not having enough places to eat — or order take-out.
Note: Mayor Lisa Gillmor left the meeting after the first half. Vice Mayor Karen Hardy presided during the second half.