Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 158
Residential | THE CORE COMPANIES
The Sparq development is
taking the place of a rental
car company and gas station.
includes artistic flair and incorporating the
Located on 0.57 acres at First and East Reed
streets in San Jose, Sparq will be a 105-unit
mixed-use complex. A rental car company
and gas station previously occupied the
property before that, which called for environmental remediation. "After conducting
environmental testing, we determined
there was minimal impact to the overall
site," Enders explains. "We have implemented the use of a vapor barrier system across
the site to ensure all necessary remediation
has taken place."
The market-rate apartment complex will
consist of seven total stories with two levels
of parking. Sparq will offer 98 parking stalls
and that includes 28 parking stackers made
by Klaus Multiparking, one of the world's
leading manufacturers of parking systems.
"This is the first time we are working with
Klaus Multiparking and we are excited about
it," Enders says. "It's a technology we have yet
to integrate into one of our projects and we
are very excited about the opportunity to explore new solutions to existing conditions."
Vice President of Development Paul Ring
adds that the Klaus stack parkers is ideal for
tighter infill sites like Sparq to increase the
parking count. "The parking stackers allow
us to meet the project objectives for retail
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and residential while creating a well-balanced community," he adds.
The top five stories of Sparq will consist
of studio, one- and two-bedroom market
rate units ranging from roughly 560 to 1,100
square feet. Sparq is being built to attract
young artists and tech users, so the interiors
will feature modern finishes such as a white
subway tile backsplash, quartz countertops
and modern cabinetry in the kitchen.
Each unit is open concept floor plan with
separate access to the bedrooms so it feels
twice the size. To keep the modern feel,
Sparq units will feature exposed ductwork
throughout to show the bones of the
structure. "We don't want to hide or cover
anything up because artists love the story
behind the building or project," Ring says.
The Core Companies is incorporating
technology into its units by including Nest
Thermostats in each unit and partnering
with Latch, a smart access system developer,
to manage every door in the multifamily
building. "You can control access not only
to your unit door, but also access the entire
building," Enders says. "Let's say you have a
package from Amazon being delivered, you
can send the delivery person a code to give
them access to the front door, elevator and to
your unit so they can drop off the package.
"The Latch door system takes a picture of
the person and sends it to you so you know
your unit is secured and the code goes away
after it's used so they no longer have access,"
he continues. "It's a unique system and a
provides Core the opportunity to enhance
the overall user experience through the use
of the latest technology."
Sparq will also feature 3,000 square
feet of ground floor retail, which The Core
Companies is considering a yoga studio,
coffee shop or a place that provides shared
workspaces for start-ups, entrepreneurs or
freelancers. "If you are just getting started
how great would it be to live at Sparq and
rent an office space downstairs for a couple
hours, a day or two weeks to hold meetings
and interact with likeminded individuals,"
Enders says. "This concept has taken off and
is something we are exploring."
In terms of amenities, Sparq will feature
a mezzanine community room that will
include a wet bar, reading space and TV
and game area. A third-floor deck/lounge
area will open to the outdoors and a
clubhouse will feature common space, a
full barbecue and pizza oven area, a fire pit
area, canopies and CoreTen steel planters
surrounding the area.
Sparq is expected to achieve LEED Silver
certification and the complex will offer
access to multiple forms of public transCore Companies interacts with
the community to reduce impacts
on neighbors' daily routines.