On Wednesday March 27th, the San Jose Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the 1936 Alum Rock mixed-use development, which will include 94 affordable units and a charter school, on a 5-0-1 vote with one commissioner recused.

SV@Home endorsed the 94 affordable units as part of its project endorsement process after determining that it met our exacting standards. This housing development will help to address the South Bay’s housing crisis by providing deep levels of affordability for families, with homes for people making salaries ranging from 40% to 80% of Area Median Income (AMI). In particular, we are encouraged to see the developer, The Pacific Companies, include a large proportion of 2 bedroom units. This type of affordable family housing is especially scarce and therefore crucial for parents with children. The ability for low income families to raise their children in an affordable living situation is an important factor in maintaining the diversity and vitality of San Jose’s community.

Because the development is within the boundaries of the Alum Rock Urban Village and already meets the zoning requirements, barring an appeal of the planning commission’s decision, the 94 homes are approved. SV@Home will provide updates if the development is appealed to the city council, which would provide an opportunity for advocates to come out and speak in support.

 

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