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Former Milpitas, CA, Farming Complex to Become Mixed-Use Site Including Self-Storage

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A former farming complex in Milpitas, Calif., will soon be converted to a mixed-use property that will include self-storage, a retail store and a gas station with a carwash. Los Gatos, Calif.-based McCarthy Ranch LP received approval last month from the local planning commission to develop the 9.34-acre parcel it owns at 1585 N. McCarthy Blvd., just south of Dixon Landing Road and west of Interstate 880, according to the source.

The Aug. 23 vote covered the site development, conditional-use permits and an environmental assessment for the six-structure complex, called Sprig Center. The proposed three-building self-storage facility will comprise 188,011 square feet of space in 826 units. It’ll employ two or three full-time staff members, said Lillian Hua, associate planner for the city.

The complex will also include a Floor and Décor, a specialty retailer in the hard-surface flooring market, and a Chevron ExtraMile convenience store and gas station. “These buildings range from one to three stories in height. The scope of work involves the construction of these buildings, driveways, landscape areas and hardscape,” said Hua, adding the landscaping will benefit the area. “The project also converts vacant land to a higher and better use, and fosters beautification, new economic business and employment opportunities.”

During the public hearing, commission vice chair Rajeev Madnawat asked if a barrier could be added to keep wildlife from nearby Coyote Creek from entering the site. The architect noted a fence will be constructed.

The project is McCarthy’s second in the area. The firm broke ground last month on McCarthy Creekside, an industrial and warehouse complex at 625 N. McCarthy Blvd. Approved by the city in 2016, the 805,000-square-foot development includes five industrial buildings and a single structure for retail space or a restaurant, the source reported. Farmed by the McCarthy Family for years, the land formerly contained a cold-house storage building, two smaller storage buildings and several small outbuildings.

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