By Liz Sullivan
In a matter 22 months, the corner of Castro and Church streets, and Saint Joseph Church, will look a little different in Mountain View.
On September 26, ground was broken on a new retail, office space and townhouse project that will also result in a new, larger parking garage (three-times bigger), rectory, meeting space and outdoor space for Saint Joseph Parish. It is all a part of long-term ground lease partnership between the Sobrato Organization and the Diocese of San Jose.
“We have a tremendous relationship with the Sobrato Organization,” said Bishop McGrath. “They have been wonderful to work with, trustworthy and fulfilled all of their promises.”
The property will feature a four-story building, with underground parking. It will include about 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, 95,000 square feet of office space, topped by a 3,500-square foot roof deck. Also, 12 townhouses will be built on Hope Street, where the Church is located, and a courtyard plaza will be shared by the church, townhouses and the office and retail tenants.
“This is a win-win situation for everyone,” said John M. Sobrato, CEO, Sobrato Organization, which will move their organization and family foundation from Cupertino to the top two floors of the building.