Residences at Railway – Transit-Adjacent Land is Housing Priority

November 16, 2015

CAMPBELL, CA—Grading trucks are soon to roll at The Residences at Railway, an $88 million housing community project involving 14 separate parcels of land assembled through a multi-year effort. The development is strategically located adjacent to the downtown Campbell light rail transit station to take full advantage of carless options, as well as offering walkability to the Los Gatos Creek trail and numerous downtown businesses.

Developer St. Anton Communities purchased the infill parcels on 3.9 acres for the TOD master-planned development to include 119 apartments (six studios at 441 square feet, 83 one-bedroom units at 730 square feet and 30 two-bedroom units at 1,050 square feet), 32 townhomes (15 four-bedroom units at 1,926 square feet, 15 three-bedroom units at 1,747 square feet and two two-bedroom units ranging from 1,250 to 1,500 square feet) and six three-bedroom duets at 1,900 square feet. This is the largest apartment community to be built in Campbell, CA in nearly 20 years and provides much-needed housing in a transit- and pedestrian-oriented setting. Construction is anticipated to last 24 months.

Ardie Zahedani, division president, St. Anton Communities tells “Through community collaboration, we learned that there was demand for both for-sale and rental TOD housing and that’s why we added townhomes and duets in addition to the apartments. The train is across the street and there’s shopping, restaurants and parks within the block.  We want our residents to forget where they placed their car keys.”

The community was designed by KTGY Architecture + Planning to complement the historic elements of downtown Campbell while including diverse transit-oriented housing options. The TOD aspects include green bicycle lanes on Railway Avenue, direct pedestrian connection to Los Gatos Creek Trail, sidewalks and lighting throughout Railway Avenue, and a new pedestrian connection to Dillon Avenue.

“St. Anton tasked us with designing a new amenity-rich, infill TOD community that captured the character and charm of the existing downtown. The result is a contemporary design referencing historical elements of the community that creates something unique for Campbell,” said KTGY principal Keith Labus, AIA, LEED AP.

The apartments are five stories with subterranean parking and include amenities such as a rooftop theater with three themed areas; iLounges, where residents can work remotely while at home; indoor/outdoor wellness, yoga and training facility with personal training; pool, spa and cabana area with a clubhouse with full kitchen and cooking area; pet facilities including dog wash; and a bicycle storage and repair facility.

“Transit-oriented housing is a major priority and I’m pleased to have this project built adjacent to our transit station and our downtown,” said Campbell mayor Jeff Cristina.

St. Anton Communities is an offshoot of St. Anton Partners, which was founded by Peter Geremia.

Geremia comments, “We plan to construct more than 1,000 TOD units in the Silicon Valley over the next two years.”

As previously reported, another transit-adjacent multi-family property on the Peninsula was recently acquired by Romel Enterprises.