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ALERT: January 14, 6 PM - City Council Votes on the Development of the Lot Next to the De Anza Hotel

Oppose the building of a proposed 19-story tower, that will overshadow the landmark De Anza Hotel and will be at the limit of the FAA approved flight deck, is desperately needed!

 

The City Council meeting begins January 14th, at 6:00 and a show of public support would help to remind the Council that there appears to be little support for this proposed hotel, except for those that stand to profit from it!

 

Please, if you care about San Jose's future and what happens on OUR Watch, come to make a stand at City Hall on Tuesday evening.

 

Almaden Corner Hotel Project

On Tuesday evening, January 14th, the Almaden 8 Corner Hotel project will be going before our City Council for approval.  PAC*SJ opposes this 19-story, 272-room glass tower hotel that is at the limit of the FAA approved flight deck and will be crammed onto a 0.2 acre site right next to the 9-story National Register and City Landmark De Anza Hotel  This massive project will overwhelm the art deco De Anza which was built at the start of the Great Depression with money raised locally to help draw business to San Jose.       


The De Anza's West wall, its iconic neon sign and external fire escape will be covered from street level and aerial view.  Views of the hotel and neon sign coming down Santa Clara Steet from SAP Center will be completely blocked.  The view from the guest rooms within the De Anza on the entire West side will likewise be blocked with just a sliver of sunlight showing.  Perhaps most importantly, the operational viability of the De Anza which was renovated using the people's money will be significantly impacted.  The new project has no onsite parking, and assumes that it can safely and efficiently valet all vehicle arrivals away to a public parking garage which will remove parking spaces from general public use.   This will cause traffic issues on Santa Clara Street and safety issues for bicyclists as well as pedestrians.  All of these things affect San Jose's precious historic fabric. 

This project is broadly unpopular with the public as it does not add downtown housing, diminishes the environment for those who have already sought to make downtown San Jose their home neighborhood, and will likely discourage financial backing for future high density downtown housing projects. We feel a much, much larger number of hotel rooms could be added adjacent to the Convention Center with little to no historic impact.

The owners and operators of the De Anza Hotel strongly oppose this project, and believe that the De Anza may fail, and the developer is not offering to work with the De Anza on a cooperative development.  PAC*SJ believes that this site can be developed and can contribute to meeting San Jose's Envision 2040 Goals, but with an alternative design that is more compatible with the De Anza Hotel.

The meeting is in the City Council Chambers and starts at 6:00PM.  You can park for free in the parking garage under City Hall.  PAC*SJ Board members will have PAC*SJ buttons on, and will be there to help you.  You can come and provide moral support and/or you can provide up to two minutes of comment directly to the Mayor and Council.

Please also contact your City Council Person to express your opinion about this project, by using this link:  

You can make a difference today by reaching out to the Mayor and each of the City's 10 Council members with your comments.

Please RSVP to let us know if you can show up at City Hall or write a letter.

The De Anza Hotel survived the Great Depression, years of downtown blight, and the Loma Prieta Earthquake.  Don't let it be elbowed out by a project that does not represent the best of San Jose.  

Interested in joining PAC*SJ?

We are searching for an Executive Director to further the mission of PAC*SJ to preserve San Jose’s architectural heritage through education, advocacy and events. Our ideal candidate would lead the organization in community outreach, policy implementation, public relations, development and management of the strategic plan. The full job description can be found here.

 

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We celebrated 30 years of historic preservation at the Messina Family Homes and Orchard with food and festivities, including Ballet Folkorico, Wagon rides, silent and live auctions and a cheeky roast of Executive Director, Brian Grayson, who recently retired from many years of dedicated service to our organization.  

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, including Walter Soellner, Google, Swenson Builders, Garden City Construction, the Shoennauer Company, Heritage Bank, J. Lohr Winery, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Bride + Bustle Wedding Shop, the Luthard Family, Pat Curia, Gayle Frank, Kathryn Young, Sylvia & Art Carrol, Nancy Rosendin, Helen & Dan Chapman, Rick Holden & Sandra Moll, Joe Melehan Family, City Councilmember Raul Peralez, Diane & Rueben Zarate.

Photos of the evening          Sponsor list

 

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