Midtown Specific Plan
The Milpitas Midtown Specific Plan was originally adopted by City Council in 2022 to provide a new vision for an approximately 1,000-acre area of land which is currently undergoing changes related to its growing role as a housing and employment center in Silicon Valley. Development activity over the past several years has included approval and/or construction of 1,200 units of housing, reinvestment in the Great Mall, an extension of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA's) Tasman East Light Rail Transit (LRT) line, and proposals to extend Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) through the area as part of the San Jose extension.
Specific Plan Update
Since the adoption of the current Midtown Specific Plan, little of the community’s vision for this area has been realized, and many potential development sites remain vacant and underutilized, especially along Main Street. Other commercial sites along the busy Calaveras Boulevard corridor are poised for new development or redevelopment to revitalize this important gateway to the City.
In Fall 2021, the City initiated an update to the Midtown Specific Plan, which will be renamed the “Milpitas Gateway/Main Street Specific Plan” to reflect a greater focus on:
- The historical significance of Main Street as a place for community members to gather and mingle;
- The importance of Calaveras Blvd. as a primary gateway into central Milpitas, and;
- The valuable 1-880 freeway frontage along Abbott Avenue with opportunities for new mixed-use commercial and office development.
Please see the project website for additional details, including existing conditions reports and meeting materials.