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St. James Park Capital Vision and Levitt Pavilion
File No. PP16-037
The project includes both physical and programmatic changes to St. James Park, a seven-acre urban park in downtown San José, which includes the development of an outdoor performing arts pavilion (Levitt Pavilion). Potential physical changes include, but are not limited to: construction of the Levitt Pavilion, removal or relocation of existing historical markers and fountains, removal and replacement of non-Heritage Trees, hardscape improvements, construction of structures for restrooms and commercial uses (i.e. cafes and vendors), and the temporary or permanent closure of N. 2nd Street to private vehicles. The proposed Levitt Pavilion is an approximately 7,000-spectator outdoor music and performance venue with lighting and sound amplification. The final physical park design will be determined through a design competition. Potential programmatic changes include music and performing arts events at the Levitt Pavilion, the introduction of commercial uses into the park (i.e. a café or vendors), street performers, festivals, and a farmers market, all in an urban park setting.

Project Description Clarification: The NOP states that the Levitt Pavilion is "an approximately 7,000-spectator outdoor music and performance venue." The 7,000 population value references the approximate total occupancy of St. James Park not the anticipated attendance at a Levitt event. The seating area for the Levitt Pavilion will be design to hold a maximum occupancy of 5,000 attendees; however, the average attendance at Levitt concert in other cities is typically between 1,000 - 2,500 people per concert. The City will not schedule concurrent events in the park during a Levitt Pavilion concert.

St. James Park, bordered by East St. James Street to the north, East St. John Street to the south, North 1st Street to the west, and North 3rd Street to the east. (APNs: 467-21-014 and 467-21-001).

EIR Notice of Preparation Comment Period
May 25, 2016 to June 24, 2016

Community/EIR Scoping Meeting
A Community/EIR Scoping meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the San Jose First United Methodist Church at 24 N 5th St, San Jose, CA 95112.

Project Documents

Environmental Project Manager

Krinjal Mathur
(408) 535-7874