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) . The following video is of the flashmob that they arranged as a final culmination for the event. Over 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs participated in Beethoven’s Symphony number 9 (Ode to Joy).
In the 2002 Five Wounds Village Plan, we called for a;
New Town Square at San Jose Steel. The San Jose Steel site can be transformed to a new Town Square, surrounded by streets with parallel parking and framed by civic and commercial uses. The mass of future uses should step down towards Five Wounds Church. (page IV-36)
Today, the Five Wounds Urban Village Plan of 2013 states;
Land Use Policy 2: Create a “Town Square” or public plaza within a central location in the Five Wounds Urban Village area. Preferably on the San Jose Steel site around the planned Alum Rock BART Station. Pedestrian promenades that radiate out from this square are also encouraged. Land Use Policy 3: Focus mixed‐use development around the town square. Land Use Policy 4: A significant public plaza should be included at the location of the planned Alum Rock BART station.
This video epitomizes my vision of what our plaza should look like when completed. The key factors being “full of people, full of life.”
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 →
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 …Continue reading →
It seems like our struggle to assure a BART station at 28th Street (formerly known as the Alum Rock Station) may not yet be over. We’ve heard recently that some folks in Santa Clara are suggesting that one of the three stations planned for San Jose (28th Street, Diridon or downtown) should be dropped to assure that Santa Clara will have a BART station. We understand taking a cautious attitude about what VTA promises and can build, but we regret …Continue reading →
The only problem I had with the Alum Rock Area Developer Round Table, held on April 25, 2016 at city hall, was the name. It really should have been called the 28th Street Area Developer Round Table. Other than that, I felt it was very, very successful gathering. Here is my review of the event. After being presented with a overview by city staff of the financial and developmental history of the area and a quick introduction to the community’s …Continue reading →
From Terry Christensen to the BART Transit Village Advocates, The Community Working Group for the BART station formerly known as “Alum Rock” met on April 13th. The Power Points for the items discussed are available for download in PDF format. Mostly we heard up-dates on funding and other issues. We also heard a report, that had been requested by members of the Working Group, on the prospects of gentrification and displacement including some mitigating measures the City of San Jose …Continue reading →
BART Transit Village Advocates; We closed our Station Naming Survey on April 7 with 5,596 responses. Yes, that’s up from only 180 responses in the first round of the survey. Clearly, the survey went viral and some folks were campaigning for particular names. Little Portugal was the overwhelming favorite with 63.62% of the vote. It was also the leader in our first survey with 35% of the vote. The complete results are attached. These will be discussed at the next …Continue reading →
180 votes were cast in our survey of preferences for the station name for the BART station formerly known as “Alum Rock.” Of the original 21 choices, seven received over 10% of the vote each. So we are having a “runoff” survey with those top seven candidates. Let us know your preference (vote for ONE only) by clicking on the link to the survey below. Please keep the BART Station Naming Policy and Guidelines in mind. Overall helpfulness to the …Continue reading →
Here are the top ten candidates from our survey asking for opinions on new name suggestions for the BART station at 28th street. We received 180 votes. #1. Little Portugal, 64 votes #2. Five Wounds, 43 votes #3. 28th Street, 29 votes #4 East San Jose, 27 votes #5. East Santa Clara Street, 25 votes #6. Cesar Chavez, 24 votes #7. San Jose East, 23 votes #8/9 Downtown East and Aldeia (village in Portuguese), 17 votes each #10 …Continue reading →
Quite a few of you haven’t expressed your preference for an alternative station name for the proposed BART station currently known as Alum Rock. The team was able to convince VTA that the “Alum Rock Station” was not an appropriate station name as it did not reflect the actual location of the station at 28th street. We also pointed out that there is already a station named Alum Rock, used by the Light Rail system near Capitol and Alum Rock. …Continue reading →