Business & Real Estate

The face of San Antonio Road set to evolve in coming months


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High rises loom over familiar views of the Milk Pail Market and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts as construction continues apace at The Village at San Antonio Center in Mountain View.

Phase 2 of the high-profile Village at San Antonio Center continues to move toward a 2018 completion, according to a representative from the developer, the San Francisco-based Merlone Geier Partners.

The center, located on 20 acres at San Antonio Road and El Camino Real, already has a Safeway market, restaurants, assorted retail and 330 housing units, all completed in Phase 1. Still to come are another 80,000 square feet of restaurants and retail, a high-rise 167-room hotel, a 10-screen movie theater complex, a parking structure accommodating nearly 1,400 spaces and an estimated 450,000 square feet of new office space.

Crews are aiming to complete most of the elements in Phase 2 by late summer to early fall next year, said Randy Everman, project director design/construction.

Everman reported that Merlone Geier has a tenant for its office buildings, but he can’t reveal the tenant’s identity until the lease is signed. He expects that to happen in approximately two weeks.

LinkedIn Corp. was scheduled to occupy the office buildings, but a much-publicized 2016 land swap with Google Inc. enabled the company to relocate much of its workforce to Sunnyvale.

ShowPlace ICON will run the theater complex. This is the second ICON theater planned in the Western states for the Kerasotes family, a Chicago-based theater operator. The other targeted location is at Westfield Valley Fair Mall in San Jose.

ICON will sell pre-paid seats with online reservations. The advantage, Everman said, is that people can better plan their dining and other activities.

“If I’ve already bought my ticket and I know my seat, I don’t have to feel rushed,” he said.

The complex will include VIP reserved seating for guests 21 and older, including large leather reclining chairs. A lobby lounge will sell food, cocktails, beer and wine.

Everman said most of the physical construction of Phase 2 is complete, with decorative elements like landscaping set to take shape in the months ahead.

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