The Planning Department Community Meeting on the Empire Lumber Development Project is coming up Monday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Community Center. Only those who live within 1000 feet of the site have had any official notice about the meeting.
Their original notice was for a meeting on the proposed general plan amendments on height and retail floor area, but we have learned that the Planned Development for the project will also be on the agenda. That raises issues about design and traffic impact as well as height, bulk, etc.
Avoiding a Monolithic Appearance
The complex on the left is an example of what many of us had in mind for the Empire Lumber site when we created our plan, as reflected in Architecture Policy 3 (below). The other shows the stark contrast of a non-Mediterranean building with a monolithic design.
Architecture Policy 3: To create a visually rich and interesting built environment, articulation of building facades and variations in building planes and roof lines are encouraged in new development. New buildings should avoid a monolithic appearance. (Roosevelt Park Village Plan: page 22)
Come and see what the developer is proposing and make your comments. This is especially important because this is the first project to move forward in all of our village plans and it will set a precedent for all future projects.
This article, published Silicon Valley Business Journal, describes the proposed project: Former lumber yard eyed for mixed use near future Alum Rock BART stationin the
Here are links to the city’s calendar, the invitation to the meeting and a position paper developed by our Village Watchdogs.
In case you’re wondering about who the Village Watchdogs are, we are a team of nine people with deep knowledge and long experience (15 years in some cases) with the village planning process and outcomes. The Watchdogs are enthusiastic about the development at the Empire Lumber site, but they firmly believe it needs to be consistent with the village plan and right for the community.
Here is a link to the Roosevelt Park Village plan (which includes the Empire Lumber site) as approved by the City Council in 2013: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/
Please plan to attend this meeting: Monday, August 15, 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt Community Center.