A coalition of eight local neighborhoods sent the below letter today to Mayor Liccardo and the SJ City Council urging them to reject the El Paseo Mixed-Used Signature Project proposal. The City Council hearing and vote HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, June 21.
This is our last chance to speak to our representatives on the project.
The plan includes:
● Four large buildings with 6 towers rising to 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, and 12 stories: Tallest is 132 ft. Taller than Pruneyard Tower II.
● 994 apartments: 92 dwelling units/acre. SJ Signature Projects require 55 dwelling units/acre.
● Insufficient park space for 2,000+ residents: Far less than the 6 acres required for that density.
● Minimal number of new jobs: 190 from only 165,949 sf of commercial space replacing existing 126,345 sf of commercial space.
● Minimum number of affordable units: 149 (15%) + 845 market rate.
● 1,243 residential parking stalls for 2,000+ residents.
With some changes, this project could be improved for surrounding neighborhoods, new residents, and the City: 1) lower building heights, 2) less residential density, 3) more new jobs, 4) closer alignment with the City’s affordable housing goals, and 5) adequate and equitable access to parks space and amenities.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1) Read the joint letter from local neighborhoods.
2) Share the letter with your neighbors.
3) Add your voice by writing a letter of your own. The Mayor and all 10 Councilmembers need to hear ASAP from local residents, not just from members of interest groups who don’t live in the area. Share your concerns about the project. You can use the attached letter and background facts for data points. Mention that you are a resident of a nearby neighborhood.
● #1: Send written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7:30 a.m. on June 21. The comments can be addressed to “Mayor Liccardo & City Council Members”. Include “Item 10.2: Reject the Rezoning and PD Permit for El Paseo and 1777 Saratoga Ave Mixed Use Project PDC19-049 & PD20-006” in the subject line of your email.
● #2: Send to the Mayor and all Councilmembers, not just to our Council representative, Chappie Jones.
Mayor Sam Liccardo, email@example.com
Vice Mayor Chappie Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergio Jimenez, email@example.com
Raul Peralez, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Cohen, email@example.com
Magdalena Carrasco, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dev Davis, email@example.com
Maya Esparza, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Arenas, email@example.com
Pam Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Mahan, email@example.com
4) Attend the City Council meeting. Speak up! The Mayor and all 10 Councilmembers need to hear from local residents, not just members of interest groups who don’t live in the area. Mention that you are a resident of a nearby neighborhood.
● The City Council meeting, rescheduled to Tuesday, June 21, 2022, will be held both in-person and online, starting at 11 a.m.
● El Paseo is currently item 10.2 on the agenda and is slated to be discussed when the meeting reconvenes after 6 p.m.
● Public comments are generally limited to two minutes but be prepared in case the City cuts comment time to one minute.