Read the article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal
VTA is finally initiating a much needed discussion with developers that is key to us ever seeing the Five Wounds Urban Village that we have been working on for fifteen years. This is a significant step forward by both VTA and the City of San Jose. We’ve been urging more aggressive pursuit of development at the Alum Rock site for a year, knowing that such development would be key to getting BART to San Jose and to our urban village plans.
From the article;
In a switch from the first Santa Clara County BART stations, VTA officials expect that several of the line’s next stops — namely San Jose’s Alum Rock, Diridon Station and perhaps Santa Clara — will include private development opportunities on public land.
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Another is at Alum Rock, which has had years of public engagement for the BART planning process. Community members in the Five Wounds neighborhood there are supportive of new development around a BART plaza, having spent years envisioning the future of the neighborhood through the Five Wounds Urban Village Plan planning process. “In an area like Alum Rock, we’re going to look to whatever the local community’s vision already is,” Patel said. But she added: “The market will determine what ends up getting built.”
Hopefully, they will follow their own advice and keep us envolved with the process.