Plans to develop a 55-acre chunk of land in midtown San Jose into a bustling civic center are moving forward. Kind of. A request for quotations (RFQ) resulted in just one proposal, which is up for consideration at Tuesday’s Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors meeting. It was the only proposal submitted.
Supervisors will consider entering into negotiations with Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises and San Francisco-based architecture firm Gensler to design and build the county government center campus. Lowe is building a similar civic center in San Diego as well as developing 1.8 million square feet of office space near downtown San Jose.
The county envisions a mixed-use, market-driven development with anywhere from 100,000 to 1.17 million square feet of government space for the site bordered by West Younger Avenue and North First, West Mission and North San Pedro streets. The plan would incorporate the old San Jose City Hall, which closed in 2005.
Though it spoke with dozens of contractors, the county wound up getting just two proposals on the project. One withdrew the offer, leaving the county with Lowe and Gensler. The fact that the civic center project is so long-term probably scared off a bunch of companies that are more interested in short-term investments, the county says.
If the proposal is not accepted, the county can issue a new RFQ.
• Three breastfeeding peer counselors employed by Catholic Charities will take up $18,000 of a First 5 early childhood development grant this year.
• One of the biggest risks for newly released inmates is them returning to drugs, crime and homelessness. A grant to the county’s Department of Mental Health from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to prevent that kind of recidivism will cost $2.8 million through 2015.
• The West Valley-Mission Community College District got a new chancellor, Patrick Schmitt, who on Tuesday will deliver a presentation about the district.
• To qualify for more grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the county has to submit annual reports about how past money was doled out. Here’s a look at how the county spent more than $5.4 million in community development grants this past fiscal year.
• Rotary Club of San Jose and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy want to build a $6 million park in San Jose. Rotary asked the city for $1.4 million and the county for $250,000 to make it happen. The club will cover the rest with cash it already raised up.
WHAT: Board of Supervisors meet
WHEN: 9am Tuesday
WHERE: County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
INFO: Lynn Regadanz, [email protected]