Pallesen Building


Collaboration between PAC*SJ, the City of San Jose, Habitat for Humanity and developer KT Urban to move and restore the 1910 Wolfe & McKenzie Pallesen Building.


On February 4, 2020, City Officials, Staff and the community gathered to witness the  presentation of a $10,000.00 ceremonial check by the Preservation Action Council of San Jose (PAC*SJ) to non-profit home builder, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, as seed funding for the final phase of a long running campaign to save San Jose’s historic Pallesen Apartment Building from demolition required to make room for a massive new downtown development project.  The Wolfe & McKenzie designed Mission Revival Style Pallesen Apartment building was constructed in 1910 as a four-unit apartment.  Eligible to be listed on the State Historic Registry, and National Register of Historic Places, the Pallesen Apartment Building is now slated to be moved and renovated as an affordable housing project at its new location a few short blocks down Reed Street.


Following the ceremony, the City approved a resolution to surplus a City owned land parcel at East Fourth and Reed Street, and enter into an agreement to sell the property to Habitat for Humanity for $1, with an understanding that Habitat for Humanity will engage developer KT Urban to relocate the Pallesen Building from its current location at KT Urban’s expense.  


The building’s current location at 8 East Reed Street is ground zero for the KT Urban’s 27-story Garden Gate project, which will create up to 295-Condominium Units or alternatively a Co-Living Facility with up to 793-bedroom units.  The Project was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission by a 4-2-1 vote on October 23, 2019 with the Chair and another Commissioner voting in opposition due to the developer’s request for demolition of the Pallesen Building.  As a part of mitigation measures to minimize the environmental impact of the project, KT Urban had worked to find a buyer for the property without success  However, KT Urban’s Mark Tersini reaffirmed the company’s earlier offer to move the building to the Fourth and Reed site.   


At San Jose’s November 19, 2019 City Council meeting, the City’s District 3 Council Member, Raul Peralez advocated for approval of KT Urban’s project, but sought and received commitment from City Staff and the Developer to work together and with Habitat for Humanity to find a place for the Pallesen Building to land.

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