West San Jose residents aim to block Winchester hotel project

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A group of West San Jose residents is banding together in an attempt to block the construction of a six-story hotel they say “completely violates” a development plan crafted by the city to enhance their neighborhood.

But to the developer and city planners, the 119-room hotel proposed to be built on a .69-acre property at 1212 S. Winchester Blvd. fully complies with the city’s policies and vision for the area.

The proposed hotel is located within the city’s Winchester Boulevard Urban Village Plan — a blueprint approved by the San Jose City Council in 2017 to guide a shift toward denser development along a 1.5-mile stretch of Winchester Boulevard, a commercial corridor in West San Jose between Interstate 280 and Impala Drive.

The hotel would be the first of tall buildings allowed under the blueprint’s density focus, according to the city. For several blocks on that side…

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