After reaching an agreement in May to preserve Buena Vista Mobile Home Park and prevent displacement of the park's 400 residents, Palo Alto and Santa Clara County officials are now preparing for their next challenge: the park's long-deferred renovation.
An early step in the process will take place on Wednesday night, when the city's Planning and Transportation Commission is scheduled to revise the lot lines at the 6.19-acre site in Barron Park, which also includes a commercial building and a service station. If approved, the new map would clearly delineate the areas that the Jisser family will continue to own on the 4.5-acre site that has been sold to the Santa Clara County Housing Authority as part of the May 18 agreement.
Today, the Jisser family owns the entire site, which consists of five parcels. The family had been planning to close the mobile-home park since the fall of 2012 -- a prolonged process that prompted litigation against the city by both residents and the Jisser family.
The closure of Buena Vista was averted after the Palo Alto City Council and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors each agreed to contribute $14.5 million in affordable-housing funds for preservation of the mobile-home park. The Santa Clara County Housing Authority is contributing $26 million to make up the balance of the $40.5-million purchase price and to pay for improvements to the park's utility infrastructure.
According to a report from the Planning and Community Environment Department, the revised map will reduce the number of parcels from five to three, with the Jisser Family retaining their control of the two smaller commercial parcels: a 1-acre parcel that includes a building with a Jamba Juice and Baja Fresh and an 0.7-acre parcel that includes gas station and eight housing units.
The Jisser family would lease the eight units to the Housing Authority for up to three years, thus allowing the residents to remain in place until they can be accommodated on the site's largest parcel, which includes most of the mobile homes.
The Housing Authority would take ownership of the 4.5-acre parcel in a residential zone that includes almost all of the park's housing units (two mobile homes will be bisected by the new lot line; one is vacant and will be removed, while the other will remain in place for the time being, the report states). The park consists of 104 mobile homes, 12 studios and one single-family home.
According to the report, the Housing Authority would take ownership of the largest parcel "to preserve the property's use as an affordable modular home park community." The authority would also contract with an entity that would "make repairs and updates to the site to ensure compliance with building codes."