Japantown

Council Considers Historic Landmark Designation for Ken Ying Low

The Ken Ying Low building is one of San Jose’s oldest, and the CIty Council will consider making it a historic landmark. (Photo by Eugene Zelenko, via Wikimedia Commons)

A nearly 100-year-old Chinese restaurant may get a historic designation, protecting it from new development. The City Council on Tuesday will vote whether to make Ken Ying Low an official historic landmark. Located at 625 N. Sixth St. in Japantown, the building is the last vestige of what was once a Chinese neighborhood. Other items on the council agenda include a $154,000 contract for a company to count trees in San Jose and stricter requirements for healthy options in city-owned vending machines.

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Council to Discuss Top Priorities, Audit of Consultants and Contracts

The City Council meets Tuesday to discuss its top priorities for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Regulating alcohol sales, electric car plug-ins and cannabis clubs are among the city’s top priorities this coming year, according to a memo up for discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Other items on the meeting agenda include a development deal that could land the city a new park and an audit that finds the monitoring of consultants needs to be much improved.

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County Supervisors Look at Property Options

This graphic shows an overview of Santa Clara County’s Civic Center area.

Santa Clara County has collected some valuable parcels of land near downtown San Jose in recent years. San Jose relinquished its old City Hall site in 2011 instead of paying cash for some outstanding debt. The county’s also about to acquire the old Private George L. Richey U.S. Army Reserve to turn into a first-responder training site, adjacent to the existing County Government Center at San Pedro and Hedding streets. Other items also on the county Board of Supervisor’s agenda include harmful prescription drugs in our water supply and funding for programs run by the District Attorney’s Office.

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City Council to Discuss Japantown Hub, Transportation Taxes

Japantown could be the site of a massive new retail and residential center if a deal is reached between developers and the City Council. (Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor)

The Great Recession quashed plans to build a massive apartment and retail center in Japantown, as developers shied away from investing given the global credit crunch. But now the deal’s back and up for discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Other items on the council agenda include tax proposals to help fund San Jose road repairs, and incentives for Samsung, downtown high-rises and affordable housing.

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