SAN JOSE – Miro, a mixed-use, two tower high-rise just opened across the street from San Jose City Hall, was the recipient of the prestigious James Fox Golden Nail Award of Excellence at the San Jose Downtown Association’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 10.

Now the tallest building in San Jose, the 28-story, 298-foot-tall Miro was the first to benefit from increased height restrictions, which the Downtown Association successfully lobbied for in March 2019.  Its contemporary design, with multiple public spaces and ground floor retail is a joint venture between Bayview Development and local architect Steinberg Hart.

Brian Corbett, an architect with Gensler and chair of the Downtown Design Committee of the Downtown Association, presented the award to Matt Conti and Eric VanderMaas of Bayview and architect Edmund Rivera of Steinberg Hart.

“We thought, let’s build it because it doesn’t exist in San Jose, and let’s expand the boundary of downtown San Jose,” said Conti, vice president of development for Bayview.

VanderMaas hinted that a tenant for the 7,500 square-foot restaurant space on the ground floor is likely to be announced soon. Starbucks has already opened on the corner of Fifth and Santa Clara streets, on the northeast corner of Miro’s ground floor, and several of the residential units are now occupied.  Check leasing information at mirosanjose.com.

In making the award, Corbett lauded Miro for its distinctive design that will forever change the skyline, and for adding 15,000 square feet of retail, 10,000 square feet of office, and 630 new residential units to the downtown core.  Miro totals 1.1 million square feet.

The Downtown Design Committee (DCC) of the Downtown Association consists of architects, designers and urbanists advocating for design excellence in the downtown core.  The DCC’s mission is to provide architectural and urban design insight to the development teams and City on downtown development proposals.

“We believe the architecture and urban design in downtown should be representative of San Jose’s status as one of the world’s most innovative cities,” Corbett said.  “Miro is a perfect example of the excellence and attention to detail we look for in awarding the James Fox Golden Nail Award.”

The Golden Nail Award is named for James Fox, a downtown property owner and developer best known for his meticulous renovation of the Hotel de Anza, New Century Building, and the Ste. Claire Building, all in downtown San Jose, and an early recipient of the award.  The Golden Nail was renamed in honor of Fox in 2009 after he succumbed to cancer at age 62.

About San Jose Downtown Association

Founded in 1986, the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) enhances the unique and diverse character of downtown San Jose by providing a clean and welcoming urban environment, public space improvements, marketing and community programming, and advocacy on issues that affect business and property owners.  Currently, SJDA is focused on assisting businesses through economic recovery and planning beyond the pandemic.

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Contact: Rick Jensen, SJDA Communications Director