Poco Way Neighbourhood Revitalization

Closing Poco Way to through-traffic and building 128 units of affordable family housing revitalized this once dangerous inner-city neighbourhood. One half of the existing units were rehabilitated with new site improvements and the other half of the units were replaced with new buildings in a new site design. An extensive community outreach process with design workshops resulted in a broadly supported project with 80% of the residents returning to live here. One unique feature is an edible landscape incorporated into the site development infrastructure.

Award of Excellence, California Redevelopment Association, 1998

John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Practices in Housing and Community Development – Suitable Living Environment, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, 1998

Outstanding Planning Award for a Project/Program/Tool, American Planning Association, 1998

National Merit Award: Program Innovation & Community Revitalization, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, 1998

Best Low Income Tax-Credit Assisted Housing Project in the USA, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition of Washington D.C., 1997

San Jose, CA

$7 Million

9.2 Acre

San Jose Housing Authority

Architect: Herman Stoller Coliver



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