Tomorrow, Wednesday, 4/28, the San Jose planning commission is hearing from the public on the Diridon Station Area Plan, which is set to allow thousands of homes and millions of square feet of commercial space to the immediate vicinity of Diridon Station. The plan would also provide for parks, retail, and entertainment venues, transforming Silicon Valley’s largest transit hub from what it is today — a wasteland of parking lots — into a human-scale, pedestrian-centered urban destination for the Bay Area (you can learn more about the DSAP here).
The Commission is also considering the big Downtown West project that would replace the massive surface parking lots at Diridon Station with homes, jobs, stores, and public spaces.
However, this plan is under threat from a single interest: the ownership of the San Jose Sharks, who play in the SAP Center next door, are demanding that the plan include more car parking.
This recent SPUR online forum includes great examples of sports and entertainment venues that provide convenient access with substantial use of transit for longer trips, and walking and bicycling for shorter trips. The area around downtown San Jose is changing to a less car-centric place, and entertainment venues can adapt!
On Wednesday, 4/28 at 6:30pm, the San Jose Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on the DSAP. If you can, please attend the Planning Commission hearing this Wednesday, 4/28 at 6:30pm (agenda, zoom) and voice your support on agenda item 8(a).
Thanks for your support for evolving the Diridon area into a place to live, work, and enjoy, with more transit, walking and bicycling and fewer cars.
And stay tuned – the DSAP and Downtown West project are expected to come to City Council on May 25.