Big-time Bay Area developers Tom Armstrong and Chop Keenan have joined forces with former San Jose Mayor Tom McEnery to push the city to change its zoning classification of a piece of property on South King Road. The land is currently home to Asian/Indian radio station KLOK 1170 and a sprawling field that would be better off as a massive lot of single-family detached homes, according to the power brokers. But in an effort to create jobs, the city’s general plan forbids the conversion of light industrial property to residential, and current Mayor Chuck Reed and city planning director Joseph Horwedel are trying to quash the proposal, which is located in Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen‘s district. That might not make a difference, though, as some men can’t be denied. McEnery has routinely squeezed City Hall while reshaping the San Pedro Square area in Downtown San Jose, while Keenan is best known as the man who brought Half Moon Bay to its knees and the verge of bankruptcy after a land development dispute. While these are men who normally find a receptive audience on the 18th floor, they’re offering a unique swap. In exchange for the reclassification of land on King Road, Keenan and others would be willing to sell the city some parcels in Coyote Valley, which could then be developed in the future—or never. Insiders say the deal would basically pay the three developers and their partners on the front end and back end, while the city would be unlikely ever to pull the trigger on developing Coyote Valley. Additionally, the developers are gauging elected officials’ flexibility on amending city code for this project as a litmus test for larger development targets in Almaden and Evergreen. Also part of the well-connected consortium, Susan Mineta, niece of former mayor and U.S. Congressman Norm Mineta, is doing outreach to the community and City Hall.