Cannery Life, Del Monte in the Santa Clara Valley

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Mission brand yellow cling peaches label

View a database that includes artifacts, photographs, and documents in the History San José collection which relate to Del Monte Plant #3 in San José, California.

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Beatrice and Friends

Learn about Del Monte Plant #3 from the people who worked there.  See videos of former Del Monte employees sharing their memories.

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The Monte Vista Community

KB Home Rendering of future plans for Del Monte Cannery SiteIn the 1990’s, the city of San José embarked on a plan to revitalize the downtown core, which had long been neglected while others neighborhoods thrived.  Plans for the downtown core were spelled out in the 2020 General Plan. The area west and south of downtown, around San Carlos Street, was targeted for higher-density housing projects of 25 or more dwelling units per acre.  KB Homes developed the Monte Vista community at the former Plant #3 site to provide a mix of single-family detached townhomes and multi-story condominium buildings.  By bringing more residents closer to the downtown core, the project fulfills many of the objectives of the city’s General Plan.  The community includes a park and a stop on the VTA Light Rail system. 

It has also retained some of Plant #3’s exterior walls with geometric diamond patterns, a feature of the warehouses’ Streamline Moderne style. The distinctive Del Monte water tower also remains.