Massive Santa Clara project with tall towers blocked by FAA

By Janice Bitters : sanjosespotight – excerpt

One of the largest proposed developments in Santa Clara will get a shakeup this year after the Federal Aviation Administration raised red flags about the tall towers in the project, according to the developer, Kylli Inc.

The Chinese developer has been working since early 2018 on a tall, mixed-use proposal called Mission Point that would span around 10.6 million square feet with buildings reaching 370 feet tall or higher on a 49-acre property once owned by Yahoo. Now the FAA has told the developer that buildings taller than 61 feet — or about six stories — pose a problem on the site at 3005 Democracy Way because of concerns about radar interference.

“We think there’s a lot of room around that height,” Randi Gerson, vice president of real estate development for Kylli, said in an interview with San José Spotlight. “We know that if we work with our consultant and work with the FAA we can find a different height that is not 61 feet, but it’s not going to be 370 feet, either.”

Kylli is an American subsidiary of Chinese pharmaceuticals and real estate company Genzon…(more)

I’ve been wondering about that airport in the middle of downtown San Jose for a while. Looks like the FAA is finally starting to question the wisdom of adding more obstacles to the path of the planes and the probable wind tunnels that will have a major effect on the area as well.

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