VTA's BART Phase II Real Estate & Transit Oriented Communities

On June 4, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project (Phase II Project) a Record of Decision for its federal environmental document. With this action, and VTA’s Board of Directors’ certification of the state environmental document, VTA received the authority to acquire property for the Phase II Project.

As with any major transportation project in an urbanized area, some relocations of residential and non-residential occupants are unavoidable for the Phase II Project to be completed. However, the Project team seeks to minimize the number of potential acquisitions and resulting relocations as part of the design and planning efforts.

Federal and state laws require a public agency to prepare a program to appropriately address impacts to property occupants that may arise as a result of the agency’s acquisition of the property. California law requires the program to be documented in a Relocation Plan that is formally adopted by the agency. The  Final Relocation Plan is available. 

Real Estate Process To Date

VTA retained Associated Right of Way Services, Inc. (ARWS) to support VTA in relocation activities. ARWS assisted in preparing the Final Relocation Plan, which describes the Phase II Project, anticipated impact, available replacement site information, and a summary of VTA’s Relocation Assistance Program. 

All property owners and potentially impacted occupants that were identified in the final environmental document for the Phase II Project received General Information Notices from VTA in June 2018. 

The General Information Notice introduced the ARWS team and invited property owners and occupants to meet with ARWS throughout the months of July and August to better understand the Project, schedule, how the Project may impact them, and what assistance could be available under the Relocation Assistance Program. 
 
The public review and comment period was held between August 17 and September 17, 2018. During this time, ARWS collected feedback to inform the Final Relocation Plan which includes: the project description, description of potential impacts, a summary of relocation resources for impacted occupants, the description of VTA’s Relocation Assistance Program, and responses to comments received on the Draft Relocation Plan. 
 
The Draft Relocation Plan was prepared and made available for public review and comment (August 17 through September 17, 2018) in accordance with California law. 
 
VTA also held four public forums to present the Draft Relocation Plan and receive comments throughout the month of September 2018. 
 
The Final Relocation Plan was adopted on December 6, 2018 meeting. The adoption of the Final Relocation Plan is a critical milestone in the Project schedule and will allow the Phase II Project to enter into negotiations for the first phase of property acquisitions.

 

A Once in a Century Opportunity

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension through Downtown San José and Santa Clara provides an extraordinary opportunity to sustainably organize Santa Clara County's future growth around BART. High demand for housing of all types, including affordable housing, a strong job market, and new transit options provide the essential ingredients for developing Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs) that are equitable and walkable places to live, work, shop, and play.

By design, TOCs are accessible and make transit use easy and convenient, resulting in less driving, more walking, and reduced impacts on existing communities. TOCs also support active street-level uses, creating opportunities for engaging storefronts and places to eat, shop, and socialize. These spaces can improve the quality of life in our cities and communities and fulfill community, city, and regional goals.

The Playbooks

Realizing the TOC Vision

In June 2020, the Federal Transit Administration awarded VTA an additional $1.58 million to begin TOC Playbook implementation. VTA will continue to work with the Cities of San José and Santa Clara and the communities we serve to implement the TOC Playbook strategies by:

  • Developing and/or updating plans for the 28th Street/Little Portugal and Santa Clara BART station areas
  • Developing and establishing VTA BART Phase II mobility and investment district(s) and other mechanisms to fund and implement projects and programs that support TOCs
  • Creating TOD Design Development Frameworks (DDFs) for VTA-owned property in the 28th Street/Little Portugal station area
TOC Vision for Each Station Area

The TOC vision for the 28th Street/Little Portugal station area is characterized by strong Latino and Portuguese identities and is a destination for Latino and Portuguese food, arts, heritage, and culture. The concentration of ethnically diverse businesses – along with cultural institutions such as the Five Wounds Church and Mexican Heritage Plaza – draw visitors from across the city and region. The area is especially well-known for its food scene.

The TOC vision for the Downtown San José station area is vibrant, safe, prosperous, affordable, and equitable. It is the largest urban center in Silicon Valley and a unique place to work, live, and play. Downtown is a center of business, culture, history, and entertainment. It is a 24/7 place where local businesses, community-based organizations, and public life thrives. Ground floor spaces are active, and the streets are lively. Community landmarks are celebrated as hubs for vibrant public life, and calm public spaces provide opportunities for respite and spending time with family and friends. 

The TOC vision for the Santa Clara station area will be added after the Santa Clara station area Playbook is finalized.

The TOC Playbooks

The TOC Playbooks set the stage to implement the TOC vision for each BART Phase II station area.

The TOC Playbooks provide strategies for creating affordable and workforce housing, supporting small businesses, enhancing commercial areas, providing mobility for everyone, and generally creating great places that strengthen community identity. To realize TOCs, land use regulations must be updated, and funding and implementation must be prioritized.

TOC Playbook strategies. Update land use regulations. Protect and support small businesses and enhance commercial areas. Protect and produce affordable and workforce housing. Create great places that strengthen community identity. Mobility for everyone. Prioritize funding and implementation.

 

On June 4, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project (Phase II Project) a Record of Decision for its federal environmental document. With this action, and VTA’s Board of Directors’ certification of the state environmental document, VTA received the authority to acquire property for the Phase II Project.

As with any major transportation project in an urbanized area, some relocations of residential and non-residential occupants are unavoidable for the Phase II Project to be completed. However, the Project team seeks to minimize the number of potential acquisitions and resulting relocations as part of the design and planning efforts.

Federal and state laws require a public agency to prepare a program to appropriately address impacts to property occupants that may arise as a result of the agency’s acquisition of the property. California law requires the program to be documented in a Relocation Plan that is formally adopted by the agency. The  Final Relocation Plan is available. 

Real Estate Process To Date

VTA retained Associated Right of Way Services, Inc. (ARWS) to support VTA in relocation activities. ARWS assisted in preparing the Final Relocation Plan, which describes the Phase II Project, anticipated impact, available replacement site information, and a summary of VTA’s Relocation Assistance Program. 

All property owners and potentially impacted occupants that were identified in the final environmental document for the Phase II Project received General Information Notices from VTA in June 2018. 

The General Information Notice introduced the ARWS team and invited property owners and occupants to meet with ARWS throughout the months of July and August to better understand the Project, schedule, how the Project may impact them, and what assistance could be available under the Relocation Assistance Program. 
 
The public review and comment period was held between August 17 and September 17, 2018. During this time, ARWS collected feedback to inform the Final Relocation Plan which includes: the project description, description of potential impacts, a summary of relocation resources for impacted occupants, the description of VTA’s Relocation Assistance Program, and responses to comments received on the Draft Relocation Plan. 
 
The Draft Relocation Plan was prepared and made available for public review and comment (August 17 through September 17, 2018) in accordance with California law. 
 
VTA also held four public forums to present the Draft Relocation Plan and receive comments throughout the month of September 2018. 
 
The Final Relocation Plan was adopted on December 6, 2018 meeting. The adoption of the Final Relocation Plan is a critical milestone in the Project schedule and will allow the Phase II Project to enter into negotiations for the first phase of property acquisitions.

 

A Once in a Century Opportunity

VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension through Downtown San José and Santa Clara provides an extraordinary opportunity to sustainably organize Santa Clara County's future growth around BART. High demand for housing of all types, including affordable housing, a strong job market, and new transit options provide the essential ingredients for developing Transit Oriented Communities (TOCs) that are equitable and walkable places to live, work, shop, and play.

By design, TOCs are accessible and make transit use easy and convenient, resulting in less driving, more walking, and reduced impacts on existing communities. TOCs also support active street-level uses, creating opportunities for engaging storefronts and places to eat, shop, and socialize. These spaces can improve the quality of life in our cities and communities and fulfill community, city, and regional goals.

The Playbooks

Realizing the TOC Vision

In June 2020, the Federal Transit Administration awarded VTA an additional $1.58 million to begin TOC Playbook implementation. VTA will continue to work with the Cities of San José and Santa Clara and the communities we serve to implement the TOC Playbook strategies by:

  • Developing and/or updating plans for the 28th Street/Little Portugal and Santa Clara BART station areas
  • Developing and establishing VTA BART Phase II mobility and investment district(s) and other mechanisms to fund and implement projects and programs that support TOCs
  • Creating TOD Design Development Frameworks (DDFs) for VTA-owned property in the 28th Street/Little Portugal station area
TOC Vision for Each Station Area

The TOC vision for the 28th Street/Little Portugal station area is characterized by strong Latino and Portuguese identities and is a destination for Latino and Portuguese food, arts, heritage, and culture. The concentration of ethnically diverse businesses – along with cultural institutions such as the Five Wounds Church and Mexican Heritage Plaza – draw visitors from across the city and region. The area is especially well-known for its food scene.

The TOC vision for the Downtown San José station area is vibrant, safe, prosperous, affordable, and equitable. It is the largest urban center in Silicon Valley and a unique place to work, live, and play. Downtown is a center of business, culture, history, and entertainment. It is a 24/7 place where local businesses, community-based organizations, and public life thrives. Ground floor spaces are active, and the streets are lively. Community landmarks are celebrated as hubs for vibrant public life, and calm public spaces provide opportunities for respite and spending time with family and friends. 

The TOC vision for the Santa Clara station area will be added after the Santa Clara station area Playbook is finalized.

The TOC Playbooks

The TOC Playbooks set the stage to implement the TOC vision for each BART Phase II station area.

The TOC Playbooks provide strategies for creating affordable and workforce housing, supporting small businesses, enhancing commercial areas, providing mobility for everyone, and generally creating great places that strengthen community identity. To realize TOCs, land use regulations must be updated, and funding and implementation must be prioritized.

TOC Playbook strategies. Update land use regulations. Protect and support small businesses and enhance commercial areas. Protect and produce affordable and workforce housing. Create great places that strengthen community identity. Mobility for everyone. Prioritize funding and implementation.

 

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