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Dear VTA & San Jose City Countil,
In 2018, the VTA requested a general plan amendment to rezone the area on the north east corner of Lelong and West Alma Ave from PQP to UR (Urban Residential). That request (GP18-005) has since been put on hold. I am requesting the San Jose City Council and VTA put that plan back into motion and take amendment in the November general plan meeting.
The nearby D3 Washington Community is suffering. Our community has a household median income of $47k (according to 2017 census data for our census tract). Just West of freeway 87, the nearby D6 Willow Glen census tract has a median household income of $115k. These represent two neighboring census tracts with a 250% household income difference.
The problem is that the cost of living in the census tracts are relatively similar. This is causing an intense poverty crisis in the Washington/Tamien community.
Google coming downtown is already making things worse.
We need to act NOW on affordable housing. VTA has already shown that they are open to the idea of a 100% affordable housing unit on the west side of the Tamien train station. Our community has rallied around the development on the East side of Tamien, a development that is already in motion at the planning department (PDC18-025).
Now it’s time to do a 100% affordable housing with hundreds of units on VTA land. This aligns with San Jose’s mission as well as the VTA goal of >30% affordable units in their TOD developments.
Let’s not wait! Even if we started today, the project would struggle to finish before Google moves in. THIS PROJECT NEEDS TO START IMMEDIATELY!