Community engagement around Google project continues

Google’s Mixed-Use Framework presentation, Aug. 24, 2019, Arena Green.

At the end of August, Google shared their Mixed-Use Framework for the intended project around Diridon Station. Last month’s SJ Economy News included a blogpost on their presentation.

Second from left, Cheryl Wessling, PIO for Planning, Building & Code Enforcement, City of San Jose, shares info at the Village Fest pop-up in September.

Since then, the City and Google have been participating in a series of community-based events, with tents and table and sticky notes, collecting additional feedback from the community, including recently at the District 7 Village Fest at the Village Oaks shopping center.

City engagement with the Google project now includes staff of Planning, Transportation, and Housing, along with OED, and we are grateful to those departments for helping to staff the pop-ups, including public information officers Cheryl Wessling/Planning, Building & Code Enforcement, Colin Heyne/Transportation, and Jeff Scott, Housing.

Interaction with the public at the pop-ups showed us that there is a high degree of interest in what the Google project will bring to the city. In addition, people are looking forward to the increased transit opportunities provided by the BART extension, electrified Caltrain and eventually, California High Speed Rail that will be featured at the re-imagined station. We were also able to note concerns about possible displacement of residents and businesses as a result of development.

The next Google/City information pop-up will be at VivaCalle SJ, located at the Arena Green Hub on Sept. 22, 2019.

More information on the Diridon Integrated Station Concept and Google project is available at the City’s community engagement website.