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San Jose Wants 25 Percent Affordable Housing With Big Google Development

The city of San Jose is pushing Google to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement at its planned transit oriented facility in downtown San Jose.
November 25, 2018, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Mayor Sam Liccardo and several of his City Council colleagues — Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, Sylvia Arenas, and Dev Davis have announced their intentions to push Google to require 25 percent affordable housing in a massive planned development near Diridon Station in downtown San Jose.

Emily Deruy reports that the city's political leadership "[plans] to push for a new affordable housing requirement, as well as a fee on commercial development to pay for some of that housing, along with improvements to public transportation and other things."

"The four council members say they will push to require that 25 percent of the overall housing built in neighborhoods around Diridon Station be affordable, and they want to see long-term rent restrictions put into place," adds Deruy.

The San Jose City Council is expected to vote on the sale of city-owned land for the project at the beginning of December.

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Published on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in The Mercury News
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