Construction starts at key downtown San Jose office, retail project

SAN JOSE — A wide-ranging redevelopment project is underway to transform a long-shuttered movie theater in downtown San Jose into a thriving office, retail, and restaurant complex.

Urban Catalyst has begun the reconstruction of the old Camera 12 movie theater site, which the developer aims to finish by no later than September 2022.

Paseo mixed-use office and retail complex at 201 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose on the site of the shuttered Camera 12 movie complex, concept. // Mayberry Workshop

“We expect the construction will take 12 months and be completed next summer,” said Erik Hayden, founder and managing partner with Urban Catalyst, the project’s developer.

Miami-based Rialto Capital has provided to Urban Catalyst affiliate UC 201 S 2nd Street Owner $56.2 million in financing for the project, according to documents filed on Aug. 19 with the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office.

“This is everything we need to complete Paseo,” Hayden said.

The three-story development consists of 65,000 square feet of offices and 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant spaces. The project would front on South Second Street and the Paseo de San Antonio, a key alleyway that connects Market Street and Second Street.

“The office will bring hundreds of new employees and the retail will create great activation for the Paseo,” said Jeff Arrillaga, a vice chairman with Newark, a commercial real estate firm.

Newmark is seeking office tenants for the site and Colliers, a commercial real estate firm, is seeking tenants for the restaurant and retail spaces.

The tenants in Paseo, both office and retail, could potentially enjoy high ceilings as well as mezzanine areas due to the configuration of the previous movie theater complex.

A successful project is also deemed to be one of the catalysts for downtown San Jose’s rebound because new activities would replace the 12-screen movie theater that abruptly went dark in 2016. The big building has been empty ever since.

At the western end of Paseo de San Antonio, Scott’s Seafood and Morton’s The Steakhouse have opened their doors near the Fairmont San Jose, which is slated to become a Signia Hilton in the wake of the conclusion of the hotel’s bankruptcy.

“What we really want to do is help create a restaurant row on the Paseo,” Hayden said.

Paseo mixed use project at 201 S. Second St. in downtown San Jose. // HGA Architecture




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