Japantown Community Congress of San Jose
JCCsj has been the recipient of two
prestigious awards for the work accomplished in the Historic District
The first is from the
California Preservation Foundation under Cultural Resource Studies for the
San Jose Japantown Historic Context and Reconnaissance Survey. The
awards ceremony took place on September 17th, at the San Francisco City Hall
The second is the Governor's Historic
Preservation Awards which are sponsored by the State Office of Historic
Preservation (OHP) to give recognition to organizations and public agencies
that have demonstrated achievements in preserving the heritage of
California. This includes increasing public awareness, appreciation and
support of historic preservation. Awards ceremonies took place in
SHARE- (on Jackson Street between 4th & 5th Streets)
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SJRA, SB 307, Prop 40
Please note: Redevelopment Agencies no longer exist in California state
Some of the major RDA and SJ City/Japantown partnership
- facade improvements for signed contracts with the RDA
- A Neighborhood Business District Airport Committee was formed for pursuing marketing possibilities at the San Jose Mineta
International Airport. JBA effort.
- Prop 40 and SB 307 funding continued as planned
Japantown Community Congress of San Jose being named the official
partner organization to the city in these efforts, by resolution of the
San Jose City Council, October 14, 2003.
- Directional signage went forward with the
possibility of additional signs to go on the west side of Coleman and
Taylor (new development) to direct traffic to Japantown
- The Landmark work at 5th & Jackson became the Nikkei
Lantern, the Issei Voices Wall and timeline. Also added was the Issei
Memorial (granite rock from Inujima Island - Okayama Sister City project
with donation from the Jimi Yamaichi family)
- Historic markers for Japantown sites - academic
identification and compilation/writing work completed and turned into CA
State Library as added to the San Francisco and Los Angeles reports.
- Historic District Survey - a first assessment and
historic context statement for the preservation of Japantown (to aid
development and restrain urban renewal destruction) with money acquired
from a grant written by SJ City Historic Preservation Officer, Courtney
Damkroger for Japantown to provide accurate information for benefits that
may be gained from such studies. (Please see above for awards won by this
effort!) This was followed by the second phase, documenting parcels.
- The CCPLEP 3-Japantown landmark can be seen in front of
the Issei Memorial Building. The three Japantowns each have a similar
monument linking the histories of the districts. One panel is specifically
designed to accentuate a specific landscape feature of the Japantown in
which the monument resides (i.e, San Jose has its rolling hills featured
in the 'Obon' panel).