Santa Clara County Civic Center occupies 55 acres within the City of San Jose. The campus includes essential county facilities as well as underutilized land. The County is considering various financing and delivery options, including P3s, for reconstruction and new buildings for administrative space as well as law and justices uses.
Civic Center Master Plan will be the asset management strategy for the Santa Clara County faciltiy campus. It will include a land use plan for new county facilities and for private development, an implementation plan for new county facilities (major renovation and/or new construction), and an implementation plan for underutilized County assets to create long term revenue for the County. The County is exploring a P3 to develop and then implement the Civic Center Master Plan, with the intent to limit/reduce risk to the County and to maximize the revenue stream to the County.
In 2012, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors authorized the possible lease, sale, joint development or other disposition of County-owned property and the issuance of requests for proposals (RFPs) or competitive bidding of approximately 55 acres of County-owned real property in the Civic Center (“Civic Center Campus”) for purposes of public, residential, commercial, industrial and/or cultural use or development.
On May 24, 2016, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a Master Development Agreement (MDA) with Lowe Enterprises, Inc. The agreement is a public private partnership. The Civic Center master plan for approximately 1.15 million square feet of new County facilities plus mixed use development will be led by Lowe and Gensler Architects. Once the master plan and CEQA are completed, the first phase of new County facilities with up to approximately 500,000 square feet is anticipated.