Knight awards urban projects

Local Color and the City of San Jose were awarded Knight Cities Challenge grants in 2017.

Local Color will receive $180,000, which will be used to hire a program manager for the community space at 28 S. First St. that features artist studios alongside modular open spaces for movie nights, yoga, music performances and other creative programs. It is headed by Exhibition District’s Erin Salazar and receives support from property owner Mike Sarimsakci, Councilmember Raul Peralez and the Downtown Association.

Local Color seeks a permanent home, and has an agreement to remain in its current location for another six months.

The City of San Jose is able to create a new position with its $150,000 grant: hiring Tim Rood to be principal city designer. Rood will help flesh out the “urban village” concept and assist in the design of the area around the arena and train station, providing development and parking guidelines for the fledgling transit hub.