Urban Catalyst Closes on Opportunity Zone Project in Downtown San Jose
San Jose-based Urban Catalyst closed on an Opportunity Zone project in downtown San Jose. The property is located at 26 and 30 South 1st St.,and will feature 65,000 square feet of office space and 11,500 square feet of ground-level retail space.
It is one of six upcoming projects for the multi-asset Opportunity Zone Fund. The property is located on historic Fountain Alley, next to the Bank of Italy office tower, which is already undergoing a wide-ranging renovation and revival, as well as 200 feet from the future home of a BART Station.
The planned development will include adding offices and retail, as well as a restaurant and fountain, while prioritizing the incorporation of the adjacent historic building. The six-story development is a joint effort with developer Gary Dillabough of Urban Community. Pre-zoned and pre-general planned for mixed-use, the location will be under construction by early 2021.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.