UPDATE September 1, 2020:
The Cupertino City Council unanimously approved the build proposal for the new Westport Development on August 18, 2020. The development proposal will demolish the 71,250 square foot retail center (The Oaks), remove and replace 74 protected trees, and construct a mixed-used development consisting of 267 housing units (88 Rowhouse/Townhomes, 179 senior apartments, which include 48 senior affordable apartments), 27 memory care licensed assisted living residences, and 20,000 square feet of commercial space. The project includes a bike route for bikes from the Mary Ave. bike lanes to Stevens Creek on the west side of the property to allow easier access for riders heading west on Stevens Creek Boulevard.
UPDATE August 1, 2020:
The Cupertino Planning Commission rejected the latest proposal from KT Urban for the Westport Oaks development. The Planning Commission vote was 3-2 (Commissioners Kitty Moore, Ray Wang and Vikram Saxena voting to deny, Alan Takahashi and David Fung voting to approve) to deny approval for the development consisting of only housing and commercial space, including senior, BMR and memory care housing. WBC was in favor of its features to improve access to the west side of Cupertino with its shortened connection to Mary Avenue and the Don Burnett Bridge (see below). The developer plans to appeal directly to the City Council on August 18, 2020.
The Cupertino Planning Commission tentatively approved KT Urban’s proposal to redevelop the Oaks Shopping center with key bike/ped features. Prominently, the development will include a Class III bike way on the West side of the complex connecting Mary Avenue to the corner of Stevens Creek Blvd and Hwy 85. See project layout. A separate bike lane along the 85 sound wall was included in the 2018 development plan ( then rejected by the city) but not included in the 2020 proposal.
Walk-Bike Cupertino’s leadership team met with city staff and KT Urban to work out a solution that will meet the needs and improve the safety of the many potential users:
- ~ 300 students attending Monta Vista High School;
- Apple employees transiting between the campus on DeAnza and it’s Bubb Road facilities;
- Many commuters coming South from Mary Ave/Don Burnett Bridge returning West to Monta Vista;
- new residents of the senior housing who can use the access to get to the Mary Avenue bridge and to the potential new bus transit center off CA-85.
The bike way will allow cyclists to avoid nearly 200m of the busy SCB with 30K cars/day heading westbound. The Mary Ave/SCB junction is a critical intersection for cyclists and for the designed routes from the 2016 Master Bike Plan. In addition to the Class III route, the development allows bike/ped access for an access lane on the East side of the development with an auto/cyclist exit onto SCB. In the proposal, KT Urban will also commit to fund physically separated bike lanes on the North and South sides of SCB from Mary Ave to Hwy 85. The Westport Plan is slated to come before the city council on June 2nd.
For more information contact the City of Cupertino at Cupertino.org/Westport