SAN JOSE — A veteran real estate firm wants to develop a huge industrial center in San Jose of the type that could attract an array of companies including a tech titan such as Amazon.

Duke Realty has submitted very preliminary plans to develop a vast industrial complex near the interchange of U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 85 in south San Jose, according to plans on file with city officials.

The real estate company wants to bulldoze two big existing buildings at 5853 and 5863 Rue Ferrari in San Jose and then replace them with a larger and modern industrial center.

The existing buildings total 286,300 square feet, according to the very preliminary proposal that Duke Realty has submitted to San Jose planners.

The new complex would be a modern industrial center and job hub, the plans state.

“This industrial facility has the potential to attract manufacturing, R&D, and/or distribution uses that will provide long term economic benefits to the city including employment,” Duke Realty stated in the proposal on file with San Jose planners.

According to the plans submitted by the real estate development and investment firm, the new complex would total 303,100 square feet.

The site, at present, is owned by an affiliate of Blue Vista Capital Management, a Chicago-based investment firm, according to Santa Clara County assessment records.

It wasn’t immediately clear which company or companies might occupy the site once the construction is complete.

What is clear, however, is that Duke Realty and Amazon have a significant connection since Duke Realty is frequently Amazon’s landlord.

“Duke Realty is an e-commerce-preferred developer, working with many of today’s logistics leaders to help them maximize their product storage and distribution,” the developer states on its website. Duke Realty then went on to highlight some clients: “Amazon, Weber-Stephen, Carter’s, and Dick’s.”

A September 2020 analysis on the Motley Fool investment site took note of the Duke Realty and Amazon connection.

“One thing that stands out about Duke Realty is its relationship with Amazon,” Motley Fool stated on its Million Acres page that’s dedicated to real estate analysis. “The e-commerce giant is Duke’s top tenant.”

Motley Fool indicated that Duke Realty and Amazon have engaged in multiple endeavors connected to the tech titan’s appetite for space.

“The companies have been working together to support Amazon’s growing logistics needs, which include building more fulfillment and sortation centers as well as last-mile delivery stations,” Motley Fool stated.

Seattle-based Amazon has been dramatically expanding its footprint throughout the Bay Area in recent years, both with office buildings such as its tech hub in Sunnyvale as well as industrial centers. Services, an Amazon delivery and commerce unit, paid $59.3 million in October for a San Jose site at 1605 S. Seventh St. where a huge industrial center has been proposed.

In south San Jose, Duke Realty indicated in the city proposal that the developer is planning a state-of-the-art complex on Rue Ferrari.

“We intend to incorporate enhanced architecture and landscaping which will be a significant upgrade to the current facility and surrounding buildings,” Duke Realty stated in its preliminary proposal.





By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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