Dozens of North San Jose residents need to stop a tiny properties mission of their neighborhood, and even a councilmember is objecting to the plan.
District 4 Councilmember David Cohen will ask his colleagues at Wednesday’s Guidelines and Open Authorities Committee assembly to pause plans for homeless housing on Noble Avenue. The town council accredited the positioning in June with none public hearings or group outreach, leaving residents at the hours of darkness. Cohen and Councilmember Matt Mahan voted in opposition to it.
“We’re asking to do further outreach, to pause work on this website whereas we actually look into the historical past of this and whether or not we need to set the precedent of changing park land into different makes use of,” Cohen stated.
This isn’t the primary time town tried to construct a homeless housing website on Noble Avenue. In 2015, residents fervently rallied in opposition to an interim housing proposal and San Jose listened. Cohen stated for that purpose, town ought to’ve been delicate to neighbors and carried out further outreach once more.
“The group had this battle earlier than and town moved it to elsewhere—due to this fact they deserved an extra stage of communication,” Cohen advised San José Highlight. “This website can be distinctive as a result of whereas sure, different websites are close to some neighborhoods, they’re additionally close to main highways or different kinds of infrastructure that this website just isn’t close to. It is a totally different form of website than the opposite websites throughout town and due to this fact it requires a distinct form of effort from town.”
With rising homelessness, San Jose has an formidable aim to assemble 1,000 tiny properties within the subsequent 12 months—100 in every district. San Jose already has 397 tiny properties at 5 places. Tiny properties are a lot sooner—and cheaper—to construct in comparison with a conventional dwelling.
Cohen stated whereas he totally helps tiny properties and desires to welcome extra into his district, the Noble website isn’t a superb match. The chosen website at 14630 Noble Ave. is lodged between two elementary faculties and steps away from the Berryessa Department Library and Noble Park. Cohen stated his workplace recognized about 10 different websites that would work higher.
His greatest qualm is that the positioning is at a park, one town has already invested in sustaining and bettering during the last 20 years.
“Individuals use these trails across the ponds to hike, to stroll their canine. There’s individuals who go fishing there,” Cohen stated. “Actually, on the faculty throughout the road, a few of the academics convey their college students right here throughout their courses to expertise the open house and be away from the conventional classroom setting.”
Dozens of residents with handmade indicators joined Cohen at Noble Park in the present day to talk in opposition to the positioning’s proximity to group facilities and faculties.
“It’s a protected and quiet neighborhood now the place kids stroll to the library with out supervision,” resident Zhulin Peng stated. “We don’t need to put them in danger.”
He stated he’s sympathetic to homeless residents and isn’t against tiny properties generally. He simply doesn’t need one throughout the road from the place his 6-year-old goes to high school. Peng stated he drove by way of his district to assist determine different locations he believes could also be higher suited to tiny properties. He discovered 4 that he shared with Cohen.
He and different neighbors hope town will change course with Cohen’s push, however perceive it’s an uphill battle. If town votes to maneuver ahead with plans, neighbors say they’re ready to sue.
“This isn’t a dictatorship, that is democracy,” stated Xin Wang, a resident for 20 years. “There was no public listening to. All of the residents on this neighborhood didn’t even know this was occurring till we noticed the information. However we don’t need it. It’s our neighborhood—not theirs.”
The San Jose Guidelines and Open Authorities Committee meets Wednesday at 2 p.m.
This story will likely be up to date.
Contact Jana Kadah at [email protected] or @Jana_Kadah on Twitter.