Next BCA Meeting Tues Sept 22, 7:00 PM
Rose Garden Library Community Room
The next meeting of the Burbank Community Association will be Tueday, September 22, 7:00 PM (new time), at the Rose Garden Library Community Room, 1580 Naglee at Dana. Find out what's going on in your community, voice your concerns, and hear from our elected representatives and law enforcement officials.
Our usual guest speakers are expected to be representatives from the offices of County Supervisor Ken Yeager, the County District Attorney,
and representatives from the County Sheriff and San Jose Police Department.
This time we will also feature a representative from the County's Planning Department, and a representative from San Jose Water Co. Have your water questions ready!
Note: the Library will close at 7 PM this night. Do not park in the parking structure, as you will be locked in after that time. There should be plenty of street parking.
Bascom Business Block Shuttered
All the businesses on Bascom Avenue in the block north of Basile were evicted from their shops.
The entire block of business was shuttered at the end of January, and fenced off by the beginning of February. Among the evicted business were Burbank favorites, including the Apatzingan Market (now at 901 N. 13th St.), Space Cat (moved to 1415 W. San Carlos), Big Al's Record Barn (collection sold to a Brazillian mega-collector, Zero Freitas), the Holland Shop, Time Tunnel Toys (now at 1583 Meridian Ave), and other unique shops.
At the time of the BCA's last meeting on January 28, County officials said that the property had not yet been sold. Burbank residents curious about the block's fate must wait until it is sold and a permit sought for demolition or repair.
In a reply to a resident's concern, Supervisor Yeager's policy aide, Alex Shoor, said of this issue:
If this property gets purchased and there is a new use of the existing building or a new building altogether gets built ... it will automatically “trigger” annexation into the City of San Jose. This property may then become part of San Jose’s “urban village”* plan for the West San Carlos area. As such, San Jose’s Planning Department would receive the initial paperwork before the County.
* Webmaster's note: This area would probably be treated as a "Commercial Urban Village" under the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan.
Although the physical premises were somewhat dilapidated, the businesses in this block were truly unique and valued by many Burbank residents. We shall miss them, and to those who survive in new locations we wish the best of luck.
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