Save Evergreen Valley College from Rezoning for Commercial Development #SaveEVC
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On Dec 13th, 2016 City Council approved the re-designation of the 27 acres of Evergreen Valley College (EVC) land from Public/Quasi-Public to Neighborhood/Community Commercial (file no. GP16-007). In plain terms, the Board of Trustees of San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) is intending to develop the community college land for retail, office and commercial businesses.
Rezoning the EVC land would lock out the land for strictly public serving purposes for generations to come. This land is a valuable resource to the Evergreen community, to San Jose and Milpitas at large to provide educational opportunities for our underserved communities.
Let's not squander the land to investors who have no vested interest in our community’s education.
Please support Evergreen Valley College to fulfill its mission "to empower and prepare students from diverse backgrounds to succeed academically and to be civically responsible global citizens." (Mission Statement of EVC)
Please sign this petition to OPPOSE the rezoning of the EVC property for commercial purposes.
Here are few considerations to oppose the rezoning.
- Social and Education Inequalities – Students who live in SJECCD are underserved relative to students living in other local community college districts surrounding San Jose and Milpitas. It has been estimated that approximately 18,500 students who live within the SJECCD boundaries attend local community colleges outside the district due to insufficient classes and programs at EVC and San Jose City College. The proposed commercial development further restricts educational opportunity by limiting the future growth of EVC.
- A Crushing Land Lease - The Republic Urban Property LLC lease for the 27 acres, which starts at 55 years and may be extended for up to 95 years by the developer, effectively locks out our students from future educational expansion on this EVC land today and for generations to come.
- Loss of Public School Land – The 27 acres of EVC land was purchased with public education funds intended for public education purposes. If the EVC land is rezoned for commercial development and developed by Republic Urban Properties LLC for up to 95 years, it will be impossible to convert it back to public school use before 2110 (Lease was signed in 2015)!
- "What about the environmental impact and our quality of life in Evergreen?" Rezoning allows for future commercial development. While the development will occur in increments, the rezoning will open the door for commercial development in the future. Such development makes little sense at this constricted location served only by two main roads, San Felipe and Yerba Buena Ave. which are now at the limits of acceptable traffic service levels. Adding more office space would compound the limited traffic system. In addition, several large retailers have recently left Evergreen, leaving their old buildings empty.
- Community Being Short-Changed – The payback for the proposed Land Lease agreement brings in less than 1.5% of the SJECCD annual budget if the entire 27 acres are developed. Why should WE accept this trade-off for the great cost of losing the EVC land for up to 95 years today and for generations into the future.
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