Welcome to the home of the BART Alum Rock Transit Village Advocates (BARTVA).  We represent the hundreds of neighborhood volunteers, community activists, city and VTA staff members and university students who, over the past 15 years, have attended a massive number of community meetings and workshops to develop a supportable vision for the development of an urban village around the proposed BART station behind the Five Wounds Church.

It all started in October 2000 when the Redevelopment Agency, as part of its Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, challenged the members if the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) to work with them to develop plans to deal with VTA’s proposal to place a BART station in our area. The result was the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace Neighborhood Improvement Plan, published in August of 2002, after almost two years of work.

The Architect's Vision for the Town Square.

The Architect’s Vision for the Town Square.

Since then, working with CommUniverCity, many of the same volunteers worked to develop the 2010 Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace BART Station Area Community Concept Plan to clarify and expand on the community’s vision for the Alum Rock BART station at 28th street.

This was followed in 2013 by the City of San Jose approving the city’s Five Wounds Urban Village Plan as the first, official planning document supporting of the Envision 2040 urban villages effort.

Today, neighborhood volunteers are still working to ensure the vision does not get lost as the time to build the BART station draws near. You are more than welcome to join us on this journey.

Map-of-Plaza

Images are from the 2002 Five Wounds Village Plan. They were created by Matthew Taecker from Taecker Planning and Design and are used with his permission.