The southmost corner of the Ajisai development is the closest to Jackson street, Japantown’s main street. Some community leaders have questioned the design, apparently concerned that it forms a visual barrier between Japantown and this apartment complex.
From looking at the plans that Roem filed with the City of San Jose, there doesn’t appear to be anything like a wall separating the Ajisai complex from Jackson street. Roem did provide a sound wall (9), which will naturally serve as a buffer between the railroad tracks and the apartments. Perfectly reasonable.
South of the end of the resident parking lot, appears a spot for trash bins, then a “bio-swale” (6) which is a place for precipitation runoff to collect and be absorbed into the ground. It calls for landscape vegetation, which is usually a wet-tolerant plant such as sedge.
Of course, the very southmost corner of this triangle is owned by the railroad company, and consists of ballast gravel on the ground and a utility box that runs the grade crossing. I doubt that SPRR will allow this to be altered.
So as far as I can see, I don’t see any issue with this part of the Ajisai plan.
By the way, Roem’s construction of the Ajisai Apartments appears to be going along smoothly.