By Robert Haugh
Last night, the Santa Clara City Council approved an affordable housing development. The vote was delayed from September 28 when Councilmember Raj Chahal led the effort against the project in his district.
Charities Housing got approval to construct a five-story 100 percent affordable housing development at 1601 Civic Center Drive.
They’ll build 108 apartments with 82 parking spaces on a 1.4-acre parcel.
The site currently has a two-story office building that’s been vacant since 2019 with a surface parking lot that would be demolished and replaced.
Neighborhood residents who oppose the project circulated a petition last year with Chahal’s encouragement to build a neighborhood park instead.
The City looked into to park idea but it wasn’t really feasible. The City also evaluated buying the property from Charities Housing. That, too, wasn’t financially feasible.
The development was approved 5-2.
Mayor Lisa Gillmor and Councilmembers Anthony Becker, Suds Jain, Karen Hardy, and Kathy Watanabe voted in favor of the project.
Chahal and Councilmember Kevin Park voted against it.