This Executive Summary can be found on page five of the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood Improvement Plan.
The Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood Improvement Plan was developed as a shared vision for future actions between residents, businesses, and the City of San Jose as part of the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative launched in January 2001. During this community-based process, community members:
- authored “Principles for Transformation;”
- guided land use, building, public improvement recommendations; and
- prioritized actions.
By defining core values and goals, the Principles for Transformation represent an important point of reference for all aspects of the document. Principles for Transformation are described in Chapter III, along with “Concepts for Neighborhoods and Districts”.
In short, the core Principles and Concepts emphasize:
Walkability & Small Town Character – so people can walk easily and
comfortably to local recreation, shopping, and other destinations;
Cultural Enhancements – to conserve and leverage the area’s distinctive cultural and natural assets;
Recreation & Activities – to improve the range, accessibility, and safety of parks and trails in the area;
Economic Diversity – to support local businesses, while recognizing the need to connect residents and businesses to regional opportunities; and
Transportation – so that transportation improvements improve the life of area residents by supporting pedestrians and capitalizing on regional transit.
Goals embedded within the Principles for Transformation form the foundation for the ways the Improvement Plan will be implemented, including:
- recommendations for public improvements (Chapter IV);
- guidelines for buildings (Chapter V); and
- specific actions that can be taken to improve the area (Chapter VI).
Through a series of community and Neighborhood Advisory Committee meetings, Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace residents prioritized over 100 actions and selected the following “Top Ten Priorities” to focus resources and leverage the greatest community benefit:
1. Develop an Economic Strategy for Improving the William Street and 24th-McLaughlin Commercial Node;
2. Improve the McLaughlin Avenue Streetscape and Make Pedestrian Enhancements;
3. Improve Traffic and Pedestrian Flow and Control at 33rd & McKee;
4. Improve and/or Redevelop Existing Retail Sites at McKee and 33rd;
5. Complete Selma Olinder Park;
6. Improve William Street Pedestrian Environment and Streetscape;
7. Complete the Coyote Creek Trail between Kelley Park and Highway 101;
8. Expand Housing Rehabilitation Programs and Outreach;
9. Create an East Santa Clara-Alum Rock Parking Strategy; and
10. Increase Opportunities for Youth & Teen Activities.
With a longer-time horizon than the Top Ten, “On-Deck Priorities” will deserve focused attention in the future, as opportunities for implementation present themselves. These priorities include:
11. Develop a Program, and a pilot project for the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Area for Putting Utilities Underground;
12. Create a Town Square near Five Wounds Church;
13. Redevelop the “San Jose Steel” Area as a New Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use Urban Center; and
14. Protect and Continue the Existing Small Town Character of the East Santa Clara – Alum Rock Corridor.
Where funding is immediately available for improvements, City staff, community members and other potential partners can move expediently toward implementation. Where funding is not available, a “Matrix of Actions” (Chapter VI) provides the direction in which City staff and community organizations can focus their search for funds to make improvements that are a high priority for the community. The Mayor and City Council have earmarked a minimum of $100 million dollars to be allocated to Strong Neighborhoods Initiative projects city-wide over the next five years. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) are also traditional means of obtaining funding for neighborhood improvement. Other potential funding sources have been identified for each of the improvement actions that make up the Matrix of Actions.
A copy of the 2002 Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood Improvement Plan is available is in the download section.