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7EMPIRE 7EMPIRE will include a mix of residential, retail, parking and a sculpture/street art park.

SAN JOSE—Construction on 7EMPIRE, a 97-unit class-A art-focused multifamily community, is underway at 525 North 7th St. on the only remaining infill site in Japantown. The Japantown location provides direct connections to VTA light rail, bus and bike-share transit modes linked to nearby Silicon Valley employment centers. The site also has access to Jackson Street shops, grocers and restaurants as well as local artists, vendors and design studios which comprise the Jtown Art Walk.

JLL arranged $34 million in debt financing for the combination wrap/podium project, working on behalf of the developer, TriForge Capital Partners, to secure the 13-year fixed-rate construction-to-permanent loan with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. TriForge Capital Partners is led by development groups LandForge and developURBAN. The JLL capital markets team previously coordinated venture equity on behalf of the developer.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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