Milpitas City Council next week will review KB Home’s proposed Piper Drive Residential, which envisions a tower containing 210 apartments and 2,937 square feet of commercial space as well as 98 townhomes on 5.72 acres at 1256 Piper Drive. Courtesy of City of Milpitas
Milpitas City Council on Tuesday will review developer KB Home’s proposed Piper Drive Residential project, which envisions a 12-story tower containing 210 apartments, 2,937 square feet of commercial space and 98 townhomes on 5.72 acres at 1256 Piper Drive.
The Planning Commission on March 9 recommended approval of the project slated to be built near the pending Milpitas Bay Area Rapid Transit Station off Montague Expressway.
At that meeting, Richard Patenaude, the city’s contract planner, told the commission Piper Drive Residential will be developed where two industrial buildings currently exist — both of which will be demolished to make way for the new housing project.
He said the 12-story apartment tower would have one level of underground parking and three levels of above-ground parking, while the remainder of the area is proposed for 98 townhomes.
Paul Lopez, a KB Homes representative, told planners the project took about a year and a half to design. He added Piper Drive Residential’s commercial space could include a coffee shop or convenience store.
Lopez noted the project does not feature any below-market-rate housing units.
Commissioner Ray Maglalang said he wanted to see the future complex incorporate jacaranda trees — chosen by the City Council in February as the city’s official tree — in part because of its colorful, bluish/lavender flowers.
In response, KB Home’s landscape architect said the company would consider jacarandas as part of the exterior tree landscaping.
Commissioners also directed the developer to not fill any swimming pools until the governor lifts a statewide drought emergency, first declared in 2014.
The council is expected to meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Milpitas City Hall’s Council Chambers, 455 E. Calaveras Blvd.