The San Jose apartment building is slated to move this weekend

Moving a two-story, 5,000-square-foot home takes a lot of work, but the Preservation Action Council has received a lot of help. And that paid off with the announcement that the 111-year-old Pallesen home will be moved about 900 feet to a new location on Sunday morning.

It’s a huge win for the PAC-SJ, which started a $ 300,000 fundraiser to help fund the move, and Habitat for Humanity in East Bay / Silicon Valley, which will renovate the four-story building to help affordable housing in its new location near the building On the ramp to Interstate 280 on Fourth Street and Reed Street. “This is a remarkable example of collaboration at its best,” said Janice Jensen, CEO of Habitat East Bay / Silicon Valley. “It took collective will and some generosity to get us into this moment.”

PAC-SJ raised nearly $ 200,000 in the campaign that began last month and includes a $ 100,000 gift from Naglee Park residents Carl and Marianne Salas. According to Mike Sodergren, PAC-SJ’s Advocacy Chair, a matching grant of $ 75,000 is also available, which would reduce the effort by $ 35,000. On Tuesday, the San Jose Habitat for Humanity City Council approved a $ 250,000 loan to restore the building and eventually sell the units to qualified buyers for less than half the market value.

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 16: The 111-year-old Pallesen Residence is being prepared for move from the growing skyscrapers in downtown San Jose, Calif. On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News) Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 16: Jim Salata (right) of Garden City Construction speaks with Carl Salas of the Preservation Action Council about the history of the Pallesen residence on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 as it prepares for move to San Jose becomes. California (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 17: Howard Kelly of Kelly Brothers House Movers reviews work to prepare the Pallese two story home for move on Tuesday, March 17, 2021 in San Jose, Calif. Kelly continues the work started by his grandfather more than a century ago. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Mike Sodergren of the San Jose Preservation Action Council prepares to step into a unit of the Pallesen Residence on Sunday, March 7, 2021 as the historic structure for the move in San Jose , California, (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: A door leads up a long flight of stairs to a second floor unit of the Pallesen Residence, Sunday, March 7, 2021. The structure is moving to Reed Street in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon) / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Mike Sodergren of the Preservation Action Council in San Jose examines a kitchen with an original cabinet in the Pallesen residence on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The group helped advance an initiative to save and relocate the historic structure in San Jose, California (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Gayle Frank and Mike Sodergren of the San Jose Preservation Action Council stand in a unit of the Pallesen residence discussing the upcoming move to the historic building in San Jose, California on Sunday, March 7, 2021 (Karl) Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Original fitted wardrobes will be kept at the Pallesen Residence on Sunday, March 7, 2021 as the historic structure is being prepared for relocation in San Jose, California (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News) Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Mike Sodergren, of the San Jose Preservation Action Council, peeks out the window of a closet window in a unit of the Pallesen apartment building move of the historic building in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Mike Sodergren of the Preservation Action Council in San Jose overlooks the view from a balcony on the second floor of the Pallesen apartment building on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The group helped create an initiative to save and relocating the Historic Advance Structure in San Jose, California (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 16: Jim Salata of Garden City Construction looks out the window of the 11-year-old Pallesen apartment building at the changing landscape of downtown San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The building is saved and relocated a few blocks away. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 16: The 111-year-old Paleness home will be lifted from its foundation on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 in preparation for moving out of downtown San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group).

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Mike Sodergren of the San Jose Preservation Action Council visits the underbelly of the Pallesen residence on Sunday, March 7, 2021 before it is lifted from its foundation and moved to Reed Street in San Jose, California , is relocated. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CA – MARCH 7: Mike Sodergren of the San Jose Preservation Action Council finds an old book in the Crawlspace under the Pallesen Residence in San Jose, California on Sunday, March 7, 2021 (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

Given that the building did not appear to be heading towards demolition until late December, Sodergren said many players were involved in Sunday’s move, including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and City Councilor Raul Peralez, who voted for The sale of the surplus property began on Fourth Street to Habitat for $ 1, KT / Urban Principal Mark Tersini, who worked with the UK’s new developer, Scape, to give PAC-SJ and Habitat time to move the building ; and Jim Salata and Kelly Bros. Moving of Garden City Construction for preparing the building for its trip.

Designed by the famous Wolfe & McKenzie company in San Jose, the building was built for Christian Pallesen, a Danish immigrant who worked as a foreman at a local wood mill. Each of the building’s units have fitted wardrobes and other details that PAC-SJ’s Gayle Frank believes likely came from redwoods in Santa Cruz. Pallesen and his wife Lillie lived in one unit and rented the others to working-class families in downtown San Jose, which means the building is actually going back to its roots as affordable housing.

Preparations for the move begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday. The actual transport starts at 9 a.m. and takes about 3 hours. You can find more information about the building and the move at www.preservation.org/pallesen.

ORANGE REOPENING: The move to Orange Tier due to the state reopening means more reopenings and capacity expansions in already opened venues like the San Jose Museum of Art and the Triton Museum in Santa Clara.

The Contemporary Art Institute in downtown San Jose will join that list on Friday and will be open to both members and the public on weekends for the time being. You don’t need an appointment, but it would be wise to make one as the number of walk-ins is limited. And the timing is actually perfect to see the new Ebony G. Patterson exhibition, the originally from Jamaica artist’s first solo show on the west coast. It shows a large-format work with five panels that is full of color and follows Patterson’s well-known garden motif. For more information about a visit, visit www.icasanjose.org.

BACK TO SCHOOL IN SPRING: Family Giving Tree usually takes a back-to-school backpacking trip in the fall. However, since many students are learning personally again in the next few weeks, the non-profit organization based in Milpitas will be active this month. It has launched its student replenishment program with the goal of distributing 10,000 kits of school supplies for both students who are going back to class or continuing to study from home.

Each kit includes headphones, school supplies, and items such as a face mask, hand sanitizer, and a toothbrush. Family Giving Tree raised more than $ 28,000 for the kits. Contributions can be made at give.familygivingtree.org/ssk.

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