SAN JOSE — A huge tech campus that would bring north San Jose nearly 2 million square feet of new offices and bulldoze a shuttered Fry’s Electronics store faces a major step in the city review process.
The new campus would sprout at 550 E. Brokaw Road, which for numerous years served as the corporate headquarters of Fry’s Electronics and most visibly, a Fry’s superstore with a theme akin to a Mayan temple.
Documents on file with the city of San Jose are now detailing some specifics about the proposed replacement of the Fry’s site.
The development would consist of a campus of office buildings that would total1.92 million square feet, the city documents show.
“The project proposes to demolish the existing Fry’s Electronics building and surface parking lot and construct seven eight-story office towers in an office campus design,” according to the San Jose planning files.
The site is deemed to have excellent transportation access since it’s near a major interchange with Interstate 880 and fairly close to new BART stations in San Jose’s Berryessa district and Milpitas.
The details are contained in what is known in city-speak as a notice to the public that an environmental impact report is being prepared regarding the vast new development.
The eight-story buildings would be up to 135 feet tall, the planning documents state.
“The construction of the proposed project is expected to occur in four phases beginning in October 2023,” according to the planning files.
The first phase will consist of the demolition of the Fry’s building, the bulldozing of the parking lot, preparation of the site for future construction phases, and construction of the first two office buildings. The Fry’s store totals 293,000 square feet.
The office buildings will also contain an array of gathering areas for the people working in the structures.
“Tower construction would also include an outdoor terrace on the seventh floor of each tower,” the planning documents state.
Gathering areas are also envisioned next to the buildings.
“The towers would be configured around a central pedestrian network to encourage campus connectivity,” according to the city files.
The owner of the site is officially listed as Caracol Property Owner. An earlier version of a Caracol entity with an ownership stake in the property showed that David A. Fry — one of the founders of Fry’s Electronics — was listed as the principal executive. The ownership group had been based at the Fry’s headquarters on Brokaw Road.
The current version of the property ownership shows that Campbell-based Bay West Development executives principal executives Bill Poland and Matthew Gingery now have an involvement in the site ownership group. And city documents show that Bay West executive Byron Wolf is steering the development proposal through the planning process.
The development will likely extend into the next decade.
“Each phase is anticipated to last 23 months for a combined duration of 92 months, with construction projected to end in June 2031,” the city documents show.