SUNNYVALE — Two big office buildings proposed for downtown Sunnyvale have pushed closer to reality following final city approval of the project.
The buildings would be a key component in the CityLine Sunnyvale mixed-use development of offices, shops, restaurants, and homes in downtown Sunnyvale.
The Sunnyvale Planning Commission has approved a complex of two office buildings that together would total 500,000 square feet — enough space to potentially accommodate 2,500 workers. Each office building would total 250,000 square feet.
The office development would sprout on the site of a shuttered Macy’s department store at 200 W. Washington Ave. in downtown Sunnyvale.
CityLine Sunnyvale is being developed through a joint venture consisting of Sares Regis Group of Northern California and Hunter Properties.
Whole Foods and an AMC DINE-IN Sunnyvale 12 movie theater complex are the two key anchors of the first phase of CityLine Sunnyvale.
In January, city officials approved an adjacent 12-story, mixed-use project at 200 S. Taaffe St. that will include 479 homes and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
“Having these office buildings approved soon after our nearby mixed-use project will allow us to develop both of these blocks simultaneously and deliver them in a similar time frame,” said Josh Rupert, director of development with Hunter Storm.
The first phase of the CityLine mixed-use development includes 198 residences that the project’s joint venture has already completed.
The second phase of the project will redevelop four blocks as part of the venture’s effort to dramatically revamp and revive downtown Sunnyvale.
The office buildings are large enough to accommodate a single major user such as a big tech company.
In January, Salon Republic opened in a ground-floor retail space totaling 19,000 square feet at 200 W. McKinley Ave.
In recent weeks, City National Bank leased a space at 301 W. McKinley.
“Our lease with City National Bank, executed during a global pandemic, is a testament to the attraction of downtown Sunnyvale and its promising future,” said Deke Hunter, a managing executive with Hunter Storm, which is the development unit of Hunter Properties.
The bank is due to open before the end of this year.
“We’re making great progress with our long-term vision for the transformation of downtown Sunnyvale and are loving to watch this neighborhood grow as more projects are delivered each year,” Rupert said.