Santa Clara Considers Mixed-Use Complex Near 49ers Stadium

The city of Santa Clara is considering a proposal to build an entertainment and retail district near the new 49ers stadium.
The City Council votes Tuesday on a deal with a developer to come up with a plan for the 230-acre site.

Mayor Jamie Matthews said it is an exciting opportunity for the city.

"We're looking at hotels and shops and retail development," Matthews said. "As well as some condominiums and possibly create a kind of a holistic community, which will be built in and around the idea of being a destination, not only for Santa Clara, but for the entire region and South Bay."

The land, which now holds a golf course, was once a garbage dump.

Matthews concedes that can pose challenges, like methane gas releases and soil sinking. But he says new mitigation techniques have made it common practice to develop old landfills. He points to the America Center, a new office and hotel complex in San Jose that is supported by pilings driven into bedrock.


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