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Posted on: March 5, 2018

Removal of D2 Site from Bridge Housing Communities Candidate Site List

The Housing Department has released an Information Memo to the Mayor and City Council today, March 5, announcing the removal of the Bridge Housing Communities (BHC) candidate site identified on Hellyer Avenue in District 2 from the list of potential BHC project locations. For the past two years, the City of San José has been in discussion with the County of Santa Clara on a possible land trade for property needed by the City to widen the roadways at Martial Cottle Park as well as Branham Lane and Snell Avenue. Recently, the City and County identified several City owned parcels meeting the County's requirement to complete the land trade. These parcels of land included the Hellyer Avenue site identified as one of the top three BHC sites.
While the Housing Department believed that the Hellyer Avenue site could still be utilized for a BHC once transferred to the County, the City has now learned that County funding restrictions require that the site be used for park purposes only. With the land trade between the City and County reaching its final phase of negotiations (terms of the transaction will be presented to the City Council for approval this spring), and the use restrictions defined, the Housing Department has decided to remove the Hellyer Avenue site from the list of potential BHC locations.
The Housing Department is not proposing a replacement site for consideration at this time. Staff will continue to evaluate the remaining two candidate sites identified for BHC. The March 1 community meeting that was originally postponed to accommodate the larger number of residents will not be rescheduled.
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