Second Street Studios

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First Community Housing is proposing to build 134 energy-efficient studio and one-bedroom apartments at the corner of South Second Street and Keyes Street over ground-level retail. Thirty-five percent of the units will be set aside for the developmentally disabled population and those who require in-home services.

2nd Street Rendering

Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA is an award-winning architectural firm that designed the building. The current plan includes 11,211 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, with on-site parking for customers, employees, and residents. The building, which incorporates a living roof, is registered in the LEED for Homes Mid-rise pilot program and is expected to receive a LEED Gold or Platinum certification.

Second Street Studios will showcase innovative, green building materials and systems developed in Silicon Valley. The US Green Building Council’s LEED certification program rewards buildings that use “regional materials” which it defines as building materials or products that have extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the site. The Second and Keyes building will focus more specifically on the influence and innovation of the Silicon Valley.


Local participating companies include:

  • Akeena Solar
  • Serious Materials
  • Integrity Block

Amenities will include:

  • On-site manager and maintenance staff
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community room and lounges
  • Computer lab
  • Gym with workout equipment
  • Landscaped open spaces
  • Ground-floor shops and restaurants
  • Each unit will have Internet access
  • Located adjacent to transit
  • Free annual transit pass (Eco Pass) for Santa Clara County transit

Many green-building features, including:

  • Energy-efficient windows
  • Photovoltaic electricity
  • Healthy indoor air quality
  • Living roof
  • Green screen planted wall