City council meeting rejects Oaks Shopping Center proposal

The City of Cupertino announced on Friday, Dec. 21 that the City Council election results have been confirmed by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. A recount was conducted by the Registrar to determine the winner of the third council seat.

Cupertino council rejected a local developer’s proposals for the redevelopment of the Oaks Shopping Center on Stevens Creek Boulevard near Highway 85.

The council voted 4-1 against the proposals by Cupertino-based KT Urban that received mixed reactions from residents and council members.

KT Urban aimed to develop a mixed-use project featuring 69,500 square feet of commercial space, 605 residential units, a 27,5000-square-foot movie theater, 42,000 square feet of ground floor retail-commercial space, a 4,000-square-foot community center, transit center, three levels of underground parking and below-market-rate housing units, according to the Mercury News.

Mark Tersini, principal of KT Urban, said the project would add much-needed housing to the city and inject vibrancy into a struggling shopping center while increasing quality of life for Cupertino residents.

Project opponents were most concerned with increased traffic, density and construction, and felt that the shopping center was too small to support the proposed plans.

New development at the shopping center is frozen. Current tenants include BlueLight Cinemas, Hobee’s Restaurant, Coffee Society, Jamba Juice, Quickly, Togo’s, Enzo’s Italian Restaurant and more.