Yes, it’s possible! At the urging of Senator Jim Beall, the City of San José has applied for a $34 million California Transportation Commission Grant to complete a significant portion of the Five Wounds Trail from Story Road to Whitton Avenue, including environmental remediation and restoration and design of the trail all the way to the Berryessa BART Station. Grant awards will be announced in late spring 2019. And if we don’t make it this time, we’re confident that Senator Beall and the City of San José will reapply.
We think our chances are good! The purpose of the California Transportation Commission Grant is to connect communities to transportation modes and our trail connects directly to VTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on E Santa Clara Street as well as to BART stations planned for 28th Street and the already-built station in Berryessa. Disadvantaged communities are also a priority and – again – we fit.
The 2.17 mile project would include traffic signal modifications to support connectivity to the Three Creeks Trail at Kelly Park and a future bridge crossing over Coyote Creek and Lower Silver Creek, plus landscaped trail improvements, a community-based City Bike Plan addendum, environmental remediation and more.
We’re grateful to Senator Beall for pushing for this application and to the City of San José for submitting the most ambitious proposal possible.
To learn more, join Senator Beall and other local elected and agency officials for his Community Walk and Talk on the Five Wounds Trail on Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to noon, meeting at McKinley Elementary School, 651 Macredes Avenue.
VTA has prepared a Draft Relocation Plan to assist residential and non-residential property owners and occupants that may be impacted by any property acquisition in order to construct VTA’s BART Phase II Extension. Outreach to property owners began in June to incorporate their feedback into the draft plan. Now, the public will have an opportunity to comment over a 30 day period starting today, August 17. Four public forums are being held to present the Draft Relocation Plan and receive …Continue reading →
The Urban Village Implementation Framework (download here) was released by the City in May 2018. It describes the calculations available for determining the amount of Urban Village Amenity (UVA) required and the process for selecting the UVAs. The amount and type of UVAs required of a residential mixed-use project would be a condition of approval in the project’s development permit that would need to be acknowledged and agreed to by the permittee. The type of amenities that could be provided …Continue reading →
VTA recently announced the start of a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy / Access Planning Study to identify strategies for developing housing and commercial space near three of the future BART stations (28th Street, Downtown San Jose, and Santa Clara). These studies are being conducted as part of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project. The meetings will be coordinated with the existing BART Phase II Community Working Groups for each of those stations. The themes for the three Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) workshops …Continue reading →
We are approaching the final weeks of the BART Phase II approval process. In the coming weeks, decisions will be made on STATION LOCATIONS and TUNNEL TECHNOLOGY for the following District 3 relevant BART Stations: Alum Rock/28th Street Downtown San Jose Diridon Station Councilmember Raul Peralez in his capacity as the District 3 representative and a VTA Director is committed to ensuring that all District 3 residents and stakeholders have an opportunity to share their voice at these public hearings. If you …Continue reading →
Last night (April 11) the city council deliberated on the proposed implementation Chapters on funding Amenities for the Little Portugal and Roosevelt Park urban villages. These chapters supplement the village plans with procedures for funding amenities, including parks, trails, streetscape improvements, public art and affordable housing. Without this we would just get higher density development and none of the things that actually pull together a community and make it a village. The mayor and four council colleagues, including Raul Peralez …Continue reading →
The city council’s approval of the implementation chapters for the Roosevelt Park & Little Portugal urban villages is being deferred again. The mayor and four council members (including Raul & Magdalena) have signed a memo recommending deferral and significant revisions. You can read it through the link below (thanks to Frances in the Vice Mayor’s office). Amendment of the Roosevelt Park Urban Village Plan and the Little Portugal Urban Village Plan adding an Implementation Chapter to each Plan …Continue reading →
Part of our vision for the 28th Street BART station is a central plaza, similar to those in Portugal, with a band stand. It would be a place where the local Portuguese bands could play and entertain. (details below) The above picture is from the city of Sabadell in Spain. On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell, they wanted to pay homage to their home city.. They sponsored a campaign called “Som Sabadell” (We are Sabadell) . …Continue reading →
This is a summary of the current state of the BART Phase II project. The Draft SEIS/SEIR has been released and the public review and comment period will end Feb. 20, 3017. Silicon Valley Business Journal January 23, 2017, the Silicon Valley Business Journal published a good overview of the current state of the BART Phase II project. Are you ready for a subway? Digging for BART begins in two years The bottom-line is simple. With the passage of Proposition …Continue reading →
On Monday, 15 August 2016, over 60 community members gathered at the Roosevelt Community Center for the City of San Jose Planning Department’s public meeting on the proposed development of the Empire Lumber Site (E. Santa Clara between 26th & 28th Streets). That is an impressive turnout — thanks to all who participated. The advocate for the developer described the project and then took questions and comments — and those present had a lot to say. Among continuing concerns: …Continue reading →