Sunday, April 1, 2012
Quakes get go-ahead on new stadium from SJ Planning Commission
San Jose Planning Commission votes 6-0 to uphold Earthquakes' Planned Development Permit
The San Jose Planning Commission voted 6-0 to uphold the Earthquakes’ Planned Development Permit Wednesday night, paving the way for the club to break ground on its new stadium at 1125 Coleman Ave.
Statement from Club President Dave Kaval:
“Tonight’s decision to uphold the Planned Development Permit that we received in December is a milestone not just for the San Jose Earthquakes but all Bay Area soccer fans. Our club and its stakeholders have worked hard through this process and we feel that we have a great plan for our new stadium. Looking ahead, our club will now begin the work of finalizing the stadium design and financing plan. The goal is to put shovels in the ground this year.
There are many people we want to thank for their support along the way, but first and foremost the club owes a debt of gratitude to the hundreds of stakeholders who attended tonight’s meeting and showed the San Jose Planning Commission that our fans are the most passionate in Major League Soccer. Our club prides itself on community involvement. The sea of blue and black overflowing the council chambers tonight was an inspiration to the many speakers who voiced their support.
This night will be remembered as another key moment in our club’s storied history. From our pioneering days in the NASL to Eric Wynalda’s game winner in MLS’ Inaugural Game on April 6, 1996; from MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003 to the Quakes’ reincarnation in 2008; from Chris Wondolowski’s come-from-behind win to take home the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot to our memorable return to the MLS Cup Playoffs that same year, tonight’s decision will reside amongst the club’s most treasured memories.
In addition to our fans, I would also like to thank Lew Wolff and Keith Wolff for their vision and confidence in our project and for being a great partner through this process. Go Quakes.”
The Earthquakes’ PD Permit was initially consented for approval by city planners on Dec. 14, but a member of the Newhall Neighborhood Association appealed the permit on Jan. 1.
Fans clad in Earthquakes colors filled the council chambers to capacity and beyond as some were forced stand in the back of the room while others were turned away. Among the representatives who spoke on behalf of the club were owner Lew Wolff, Club President Dave Kaval and MLS President Mark Abbott. The duo was joined by a score of community members and stakeholders.
Following over two hours of input from the public as well as the Earthquakes, the commission closed discussion and took action on the appeal.
The club has already sold 10 of 12 available field-level luxury suites for its new stadium, generating over $3.5 million in revenue for the project.