SAN JOSE — City workers are recommending San Jose back down from a proposal to build tiny homes for homeless residents on a controversial piece of land across the street from an elementary school following a backlash from neighbors.

As part of its goal to build more much-needed shelter for the city’s growing homeless population, the San Jose City Council voted this summer to move forward with tiny homes on Noble Avenue near the Penitencia Creek Trail that winds between the Dr. Robert Gross Ponds. But the city staff tasked with vetting the project now want councilmembers to reconsider. Citing “additional associated challenges” with the Noble Avenue site, Deputy City Manager Omar Passons said the location is not feasible.

That doesn’t mean the project is officially dead — at least not yet. City employees are expected to formally recommend killing it at or before the Nov. 29 city council meeting, at which point councilmembers will decide whether to follow that recommendation. Still, Passons’ findings are likely to elicit applause from neighbors who objected to the plan.

“Staff reviewed in detail additional historical documentation that involve parcels that make up the Noble site in council district 4,” Passons wrote in a memo to Mayor Sam Liccardo and the city council earlier this month. “After review of these documents, the city administration, in consultation with the city attorney’s office, has come to the conclusion that the additional associated challenges associated with this site make the Noble Avenue site no longer a timely or viable option.”

The city manager’s office did not immediately respond when asked about which specific challenges the memo referred to.

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Source:: The Mercury News


San Jose: City staff urge council to scrap controversial tiny home site for homeless residents

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