SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Under the watchful eyes of a large crowd of onlookers, the work teams carefully hoisted a 111-year-old apartment building onto a massive caravan under the watchful eyes of a large crowd of onlookers as the historic building moved into prepared a new address.
The four-story Pallesen house currently located at 14 E. Reed Street has been relocated to 4th Street and Reed Street. The move will make way for a mixed-use commercial and 336 residential high-rise building.
The only big step I would have liked to see was the Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavor through LA. This move here in San Jose today is pretty cool too. @SJPD_PIO @SJSpotlight pic.twitter.com/UC3Eh5zspt
– Romeo Durscher (@romeoch) March 28, 2021
From the original lot! It’s time to make tons of small adjustments so this house can return to its new home at 4th & Reed. pic.twitter.com/ioYrGdHpD5
– San José Housing Dept. @ (@sjcityhousing) March 28, 2021
“It’s just such a cool old structure,” said Daniel Garcia, who lives near the building. “It’s great that you keep this. It has nice old bones and that the community has come together to raise funds for it is pretty great. “
The move may not have happened had it not been for a Community effort to preserve it. Ben Leech, the executive director of San Jose’s Preservation Action Council, said the original plan to move the building fell apart in the pandemic.
“Nobody gave up and the stars set,” Leech said. “To see how it ended up in the landfill, nobody really thought they could take it.”
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Leech said former owner and current developer KT Urban and Scape San Jose LLC donated the building to Habitat for Humanity in East Bay / Silicon Valley, which will later refurbish the apartments and sell them to low-income families for less than half the market value will .
The city guides essentially donated the land on which the building will soon rest. Habitat for Humanity was billed at $ 1.
Eventually, community members donated around $ 265,000 to help fund the building’s move.
“We’re really excited to see this roll down the road on Sunday,” said Leech. “I’ve never seen a structure that moves like this.”
The Garcia family watched the trial last year.
“They’ll probably close the whole street, take it in the middle, back inside,” said Garcia. “It will be fun.”