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Silvery Towers: full approval for San Jose's largest-ever high-rise

Developer KT Properties recently got full approval from the city of San Jose to move forward with the largest high-rise housing development ever built in Downtown San Jose.Designed by C2K Architecture, the striking glass towers have a modern aesthetic that is emphasized by a bold slash down one corner. The Silvery Towers are actually named for Silvery Tersini, the grandfather of the two brothers who are the principals for KT Properties, but the name seems appropriate for the sleek, glittering high-rise buildings.The project will be located on the corner of North San Pedro and West St. James streets, and will cover just under 2 acres of street-level space. The two towers will be 228 feet tall and will create 643 apartment units. There will also be 20,000 square feet of retail space, with rooftop terraces and a basement bar that would make it a perfect site for a restaurant. Scott Knies, the executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, expects the building to be a "huge influencer on the street-level activity" for that area.The project is slated to begin at the end of 2014, and KT Properties expects to have the first units available within two years of breaking ground. Thanks to the strong rental market, Silvery Towers is a forerunner in a series of potential new housing developments for Downtown San Jose. Although the Tersini brothers did not go into detail about the status of the project's financing, KT Properties has been extremely successful with developing high-rise projects in the downtown area - including the Axis condo tower and the One South Market apartments.We are excited to see these signs of economic growth in Downtown San Jose, and we look forward to seeing the Silvery Towers as a landmark in our city skyline.

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