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St. James Park Capital Vision and Performing Arts Pavilion
File No. PP16-037
The project includes both physical and programmatic changes to St. James Park, an approximately 8.5-acre urban park in downtown San José. Physical changes to the park may include, but are not limited to, construction or installation of a performing arts pavilion; streetscape improvements; a central plaza; small commercial buildings (e.g., cafés, vendors, or a beer garden); public restrooms (temporary portable and/or permanent); gateway monuments that include signage and lighting features; improvements to the public transit stops; an outdoor fitness cluster; an interactive water feature; temporary loading zones for park events; designated vendor spaces or food truck parking; equipment for computer/internet use throughout the park; and landscape amenities (e.g., movable furniture, bollards, benches, tree grates, etc.).

Programmatic changes to the use of the park may include, but are not limited to, new music and performing arts events at the performing arts pavilion; and new commercial uses at the park (such as a café or vendors), street performers, festivals, and a farmers’ market. The project also proposes permanently vacating the segment of North 2nd Street that bisects the site (from East St. James Street to East St. John Street), which would prohibit vehicle and bus through-traffic.


Location
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
April 8, 2019 to May 8, 2019

Project Documents
A previous Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR was circulated to the public and local, state, and federal agencies on May 25, 2016 and a public scoping meeting was held on June 15, 2016. Since the circulation of the NOP in 2016, the regulatory framework has changed and the project has been refined. This revised NOP reflects the current regulatory setting (specifically the City’s recent adoption of the Downtown Strategy 2040 and City Council Policy 5-1 Transportation Analysis Policy) and clarifies the project description.

Environmental Project Manager
Krinjal Mathur
(408) 535-7874