Conversion of closed San Jose Kmart takes step

Ash Properties plans to renovate the building for a mix of tenants, including Sun-Ray Cinema.

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The city issued a mobility fee calculation certificate Jan. 28 for conversion of the closed Kmart at 9600 San Jose Blvd. into a multitenant retail building. 

The city calculated no fee for the 110,686-square-foot project on 11.66 acres because it formerly was a Kmart store that generated traffic. 

Plans show five units of 11,450 to 30,905 square feet. They also indicate a future 7,380-square-foot building. Baker Design Build is the civil engineer. 

Property owner Ash Properties said in October that it intends to renovate the building for several large and possibly a few smaller tenants. 

Sun-Ray Cinema, an independent two-screen theater in Five Points, announced Sept. 28 on its Facebook page it would expand with a five-screen theater in the Mandarin building. 

Kmart opened there 41 years ago and closed in 2016 but continued to lease the property until parent company Sears Holdings Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2018. 

Through Atlantic Mini-Storage of America Inc., Ash Properties paid almost $4.39 million for the property Dec. 1, 2015.