SAN JOSE — Google’s proposed transit village in downtown San Jose provides both opportunities — and poses challenges — for a wide array of jobs and affordable housing in the Bay Area’s largest city, according to presentations to a meeting Monday night of an advisory group that’s studying the game-changing project.
Jobs for all income levels and affordable housing for local residents were themes that dominated a meeting of the Station Area Advisory Group. The panel is gathering community input to guide development of a Google transit-oriented community near the Diridon train station.
“There has been a lot of discussion about the links between jobs and housing,” Dave Javid, principal with Plan to Place, and a consultant to the Station Area Advisory Group, told the panel. “We want to be sure that lower-wage workers can find a place to live here.”
The Monday night meeting was effectively the first public airing — and the emergence of a laundry list of issues and demands in connection with the Google village proposal. As the meeting progressed, panelists and San Jose city staffers made it clear that the process is only in the early stages.
“We need to maximize high-density housing in the Diridon Station Area,” said Lori Severino, civic engagement program manager for the Diridon Station Area. High-density housing should also be built, according to Severino’s presentation, in corridors well-served by transit, including east San Jose.
What’s more, these housing opportunities should be made available for a wide array of San Jose residents.
“At least 25 percent of the new housing units should be affordable for moderate-, low-, very low- and extremely low-income residents,” according to recommendations presented to the advisory group.
Mountain View-based Google has proposed a development in downtown San Jose of offices, homes, restaurants, shops and open spaces where the search giant could employ 15,000 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Business