The Core Companies was selected by the Santa Clara City Council to develop the 6-acre BAREC site. The main distinguishing characteristic of their proposal was an Urban Agricultural element that is in line with an agrihood! This is just the beginning of the community input process.
Farm to Table Heritage
Since 1928, the University of California has had an agricultural research farm (known as BAREC) on this site at Winchester Blvd and Forest Ave in Santa Clara, CA. Neighbors would often stroll about rows of strawberries and other growing plants. The land was sold to the city about a decade ago, and six acres of the original 17 are still untouched. Mid-density housing units would be centered around an urban farm for beauty, relaxation, farm to table freshness, open space and horticultural therapy for residents and the community.
Farms were once the mainstay of a thriving village and defines a village. "The village effect" is about walkable, human scale designed town feeling of friendliness and healthy well-being.
Find out more about the current proposed development which can be shaped and guided by the community. if you participate.
Many citizens in Santa Clara and San Jose (Winchester Boulevard and Forest Avenue borders both cities) have long been involved with the future of this land and the Winchester and Stevens Creek corridors and surrounding area with values centered on sustainable growth that is welcoming for everyone.
We'd like to hear more from you, and build a human ecosystem committed to healthy, growing communities in the region that was once known as the Valley of Heart's Delight for its rich soil, fruit orchards and overall fecundity.
We advocate for a healthy environment for all incomes and ages that doesn't segregate by age or income nor set anyone apart from the rest of the community. Mid-density apartments would house (required by state) 165 low-income senior residents, plus allow space for additional market-rate units to create a diverse community that reflects the region. We picture hydroponic rooftop green garden farms, an urban farm plaza, a fresh food emporium featuring local produce, and perhaps small artisan bakers, butchers, fish mongers for daily shopping. Perhaps a demonstration and commercial kitchen for small-food producers,. Perhaps a sustainability technology incubator to seed green businesses. Perhaps an all-ages makerspace for D.I.Y. learning and craft projects. Pedestrian and bike-friendly sidewalks and crosswalks to get to the nearby malls, visit neighbors and exercise safely. What can you see?