Takara Bio plans revamp of north San Jose campus

SAN JOSE — Takara Bio USA, on the heels of its purchase this year of two big office buildings in north San Jose, has crafted plans to create a campus on its newly bought property.

The company is eyeing the development of an enclosed courtyard that effectively will create a unified complex and a link between the office buildings the company bought in May in north San Jose, according to preliminary plans on file at the city Planning Department.

The development proposal also calls for the construction of two canopies. One canopy will be built at what will be the main entrance for the evolving mini-campus. The other will be at a staff entrance.

The efforts are a reminder that some tech and biotech companies don’t necessarily intend for their employees to work from remote locations on a permanent basis, despite the uncertainties ushered in by the coronavirus.

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After dodging foreclosure, Westside’s London Townhomes bound for $40 million revamp

By Sean Keenan

After bailing out a Westside co-op community threatened with foreclosure, a public-private development partnership aims to restore the complex’s 200 residences to the tune of $40 million — and the vast majority of them will remain affordable.

In 2017, the London Townhomes complex, nestled just inside the Perimeter’s westernmost reaches, seemed bound for foreclosure.

But now, thanks to a team comprised of Atlanta Housing, Invest Atlanta and developer The Benoit Group, those homes, many of which are occupied, are slated to be preserved and primped. Project officials announced that the team had closed on sale of the community on September 15.

“Without this deal, almost 200 affordable housing units would have undoubtedly been lost and redeveloped as market-rate apartments,” AH CEO Eugene Jones said in a prepared statement.

Once the renovations are complete, the development is expected to provide 200 homes, 180 of which would be priced

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