Historic San Jose building to be moved, turned into affordable housing

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Historic San Jose building to be moved, turned into affordable housing
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The historic Pallesen building in San Jose will be moved, renovated, and turned into affordable housing by Habitat for Humanity.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A historic San Jose building will be moved and turned into affordable housing, in a deal that saves it from being demolished.

The Pallesen apartment building is located on East Reed Street near Interstate 280. Developer KT Urban plans to build a high-rise in its place.

KT Urban will move the Pallesen building to city-owned land a few blocks away.

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley will renovate the building and turn it into affordable housing. On Tuesday, the Preservation Action Council of San Jose presented a $10,000 check to the nonprofit, to provide initial funding.

"It's preserving a piece of our history of San Jose, rather than just demolishing it," said San Jose City Councilmember Raul Peralez.

The city will lease its land to Habitat for Humanity for $1 per year.