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.
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.