SAN JOSE — A venture controlled by Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has proposed a revamp of a historic building in downtown San Jose that would transform the property into a ghost kitchen consisting of dozens of small commercial kitchens.
In 2018, a real estate venture led by Kalanick paid $7.3 million for the historic building, which has addresses that range from 82 through 92 E. Santa Clara St. The owners also obtained a
Now, the Kalanick group is pushing ahead with an effort to dramatically change the uses in the building to transform it into a site for his CloudKitchens firm.
The changes include alterations to ground floor storefronts, the installation of new exit doors, minor modifications to existing building entrances along East Santa Clara Street and South Third Street, and sign alterations.
The work in the building, which totals about 38,600 square feet, would be undertaken in the basement and on all three floors of the property, a plan set submitted by the property owner shows.
In addition, a considerable amount of work would be done on the exterior of the building.
“The project proposes to retain and reupholster the existing awnings and to partially re-letter the existing signage running horizontally above the storefronts on both East Santa Clara Street and South Third Street,” the city staff report stated.
A large new sign on the building facing along East Santa Clara Street would be worded: “San Jose’s Downtown Food Hall,” according to the project plans.
“The Cloud Kitchens concept cleverly reuses this historic bldg,” said Bob Staedler, principal executive with Silicon Valley Synergy, a land-use consultancy. “A modern use with code modifications is not easy to do well.”
The building has been vacant for years since the furniture store went out of business.
“It’s great to see the investment in a downtown San Jose historic building,” Staedler said.
*By George Avalos, Mercury News*