Local Leaders Applaud State Plan for Alfred E. Alquist Building in Downtown San Jose
Sacramento—Today, local leaders welcomed the state’s Department of General Services decision to recommend disposition of the Alfred E. Alquist Building in downtown San Jose. With this decision, San Jose State University (SJSU) is a local and state candidate to take over the property for a campus community expansion. Sen. Jim Beall and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, who are current tenants of the building, have requested initial planning funding for SJSU to prepare for the possible transition.
“Downtown San Jose is in the midst of a renaissance and SJSU is part of that rebirth. As SJSU continues to grow and thrive, the university needs adequate facilities to meet the demand. For instance, faculty, staff and students desperately need affordable housing options in Silicon Valley,” said Beall. “The current building is no longer appropriate for state service providers and those offices could better serve constituents, especially those with special needs, in another location,” continued Beall.
“Redeveloping the Alquist building for a multi-use housing and campus facility would help address SJSU’s growing need for campus community housing and expand the campus facilities,” said Assemblymember Kalra. “Redeveloping the Alquist building has great potential to enhance the connection between SJSU and the downtown esplanade. I am excited to work with Senator Beall in helping SJSU with the process of redeveloping an underused facility that will bring great value to the University and the City of San Jose.”
As development throughout downtown San Jose continues, this project could add to the redevelopment of the Paseo area. With the acquisition and rehabilitation of the Alquist building, SJSU will also gain a valuable piece of real estate in a vital pedestrian corridor in downtown San Jose.
“We are thrilled to support the efforts of Senator Beall, Assemblymember Kalra, and San Jose State University to not only add much-needed housing downtown for faculty and staff, but also to revitalize and activate the Paseo,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo.
The Budget deadline is June 15. If approved, SJSU can use the initial planning funds to help develop a proposal to present to the state. The next step is for SJSU to work with the state to propose accommodations for the existing workers and services in the Alquist Building.