WGNA CLOCK UNVEILING - MAY 25, 2022 @ 1098 LINCOLN AVE SAN JOSE CA:
The Willow Glen Neighborhood Association in partnership with Republic Urban Properties, held a ceremony to unveil what will be an iconic downtown landmark, a beautiful clock that will adorn the 50-foot tower of Republic Urban Properties’ new headquarters in the heart of Willow Glen – the highest point in the neighborhood. The LED clock, seven feet in diameter, will illuminate on evenings and holidays.
WGNA is forever grateful for those who donated and attended the event, including Councilwoman Dev Davis, Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Supervisor Joe Simitian.
Special thanks to Copita Tequileria y Comida for catering and Republic Urban Properties for hosting the event.
WGNA CLOCK BACKGROUND:
The idea for a clock was the brainchild of Mary Kenter Fox, longtime Willow Glen resident and member of the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association (WGNA). “Many of the greatest cities in the world have clocks in the village center marking the passage of time, encouraging you to look up and notice the world around you, and serving as meeting spots,” says Kenter. But making the concept a reality presented challenges, according to WGNA President De Anna Mirzadegan. “We loved the idea, but the cost and regulatory hurdles of installing a freestanding clock on public property put the concept out of reach,” she recalls.
Enter Republic Urban Properties, which is building its new headquarters at a prime location on the corner of Willow Street and Lincoln Avenue. Brian Yi, Republic’s Director of Investments, also serves on the WGNA board and suggested placing the clock on the tower of the new offices, a highly visible location that stands 50 feet above the surrounding streets. “It was actually serendipitous because there was a large space already available where we had originally planned to put our logo,” Yi explains.
A partnership quickly ensued. WGNA would raise the funds for the clock itself, with Republic covering any gaps in funding as well as the costs for installation and maintenance. “We were very appreciative of Republic’s desire not only to be part of our community, but their enthusiasm in wanting to make our downtown beautiful, thriving, and enjoyable,” says Mirzadegan.
“We believe strongly that community benefits are critical to any type of new development,” says Michael Van Every, President of Republic Urban Properties, “and this was an ideal way to enhance what is already a landmark building.” (“We Build Landmarks” is, after all, a Republic tagline.) “It’s such a simple idea, but it brings an important distinguishing feature to downtown Willow Glen,” he adds.
The clock itself is a classic design whose seven-foot diameter will be clearly visible, especially when illuminated at night. Its LED lighting affords an array of color options that can be used on holidays and special occasions. A commemorative plaque beneath the clock at street level bears the names of those who contributed to the clock’s fundraising campaign as well as a special poem written especially for the occasion by Peter Coe Verbica, a well-known poet, Bay Area resident, and direct descendant of Henry Coe, namesake of Henry Coe Park and Coe Avenue in Willow Glen.
- The Joseph and Rose Romano Family
- Peter Joseph Rajkovich
- Councilwoman Dev Davis
- Michael, Jennifer, and Jacob Van Every
- Reyad and Eva Katwan
- John and Alexis Cherniavsky
- Ronald and Gloria Knapel
- Jordan Mott
- Jeff and Joyce Koller
- Bill and Linda Baron
- Daniel J. and Lisa M. Pinna
- Bruno and Loretta Filice
- Tim and Jennifer Willis
- Nicholas and Shannon Adams
- Grillo Davis Family Trust
- SDS NexGen Partners and Mulcahy Family
- Sakshi Gangrade and Prateek Panda
- Mitchell and Wendy Ehrlich
- George and JoAnn Van Every
- Patt, Nonnie, Tom, and Dottie Kennedy
- Mercury News: https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/05/29/time-was-right-for-community-clock-in-willow-glen/
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Don't miss our membership meeting on Thursday March 17th with Councilmembers Dev Davis and Pam Foley. The San Jose Police Department will give a crime prevention presentation.
- Councilmember Dev Davis: Update on SB9, San Jose Electrification Plan and Regulate of the sale of nitrous oxide in smoke/vape shops. The San Jose Mercury News published an article about this dangerous inhalant and the proposed regulations.
- San Jose Police Department presentation on Crime Stats, Police Force Numbers, WG Patrol Info, Crime Prevention Tips, and How Residents can better support the Police
- Councilmember Pam Foley
- WGNA Event Updates
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 7pm
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