Mayor's office spokesman David Vossbrink says not to worry,neither commercial construction nor transit improvements willnegatively affect current residents' lives. "The mayor quiteclearly has pledged his commitment to preserving the existingneighborhoods, says Vossbrink." We will see changes, no doubt, inSan Jose as there is more transit-oriented development ... butthose are issues we can deal with in terms of redevelopment."

Vossbrink also says the balance of office and residentialdevelopment will be handled with sensitivity to the existingneighbors. However, he said, office development will continueaggressively in the coming years. "We've heard some concerns," hesays. "Our redevelopment plans for downtown do call for officedevelopment .... Demand for office space is very high in Downtownright now."

Indeed, it is. AboveNet Communications this summer debuted its123,500-sf data center in the Downtown area's former Pavilionretail center. And four new buildings have recently been approved,including a 22-story office tower to be built by developer KimballSmall near AboveNet's facility at First and San Fernandostreets.

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