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Revisiting a Pre-Recession Plan to Transform North San Jose

San Jose wants to remake the North San Jose neighborhood as "Uptown San Jose," but the amount of development that will require isn't proving an easy sell with some locals.
May 14, 2019, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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San Jose, California
What if the neighborhood around Cisco in San Jose had a much more urban vibe?
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Emily Deruy reports on efforts in San Jose, California to update a 2005 plan to add "25 million square feet of new office and industrial development, 32,000 housing units, almost 3 million square feet of retail and commercial space, and 1,000 hotel rooms to North San Jose in four phases."

The plan stalled out after partial implementation of the first phase due to the Great Recession and legal challenges from neighboring cities. The city still hopes to transform the area "into a walkable, denser mixed-use neighborhood where people can live, work and relax all in one spot."

Deruy provides details of the city's efforts to revive the plan:

Now, the city is considering amending its policy to go from a four-phase plan to two phases, effectively allowing another 8,000 housing units to move forward before all the original Phase One requirements are met. The City Council will hear a status report on those possible changes from city staffers on Tuesday and could take a vote on authorizing them as early as this summer.

The idea has sparked opposition from local neighborhood groups, as reported by Deruy in the source article.

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Published on Monday, May 13, 2019 in The Mercury News
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