Monday, July 11, 2016

July 2016 Downtown Dimension Highlights

Here are my notes from the latest edition of Downtown Dimension:
  • Groundwerx continues to get high praise from Downtown property owners. The latest annual survey shows:
    • 92% satisfaction with the overall condition of Downtown
    • 93% approval rating for Groundwerx clean teams
    • 73% of respondents saw an improvement in overall cleanliness from last year
    • 49% of respondents saw an improvement in safety
    • 72% of respondents believe the overall image of Downtown has improved
  • Music in the Park still has three more concerts this year at Plaza de Cesar Chavez:
    • July 14: AC/DShe, The Killer Queens and The Drought
    • Aug. 4: Ozomatli and Sonido Clash Session
    • Aug. 25: Tower of Power with Super Soul Brothers
  • The first BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) stations along Santa Clara Street are nearing completion and the entire project--including East San Jose stations--should be completed by early 2017.
  • Voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase that will raise an additional $40 million each year. The extra funding will go towards:
    • Basic road repair and replacement of major arteries
    • Increase police staffing by 41 positions and community service officers by 19 positions
    • Keep fire companies open, double officers in squad cars, and improve traffic signal technology for more efficient emergency and medical responses.
  • Sund Construction is finishing the 850-bed Campus Village Phase 2 project just in time for the fall semester. This will bring SJSU's total capacity for on-campus housing to 4,000 students.
  • Mo's (breakfast and burger eatery) is coming to 225 W. Santa Clara St., replacing Amici's pizzeria.
  • Tac-oh! will serve 16 different tacos at 399 S. First St. (the former First to Market space).

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