Former San Jose City Hall Project

Project Overview:

The Project proposes demolition of the former San Jose City Hall building (former City Hall). The facility is a five-story, approximately 113,430-square-foot office building, at 801 North First Street in San Jose, on the northwest corner of North First Street and West Mission Street.

Former City Hall image

Demolition activities would include the following:

  • Abatement of hazardous building materials; 
  • Site control and preparation for demolition;
  • Demolition of the building and disposal of demolition debris; and
  • Regrading and hydroseeding the site. 

The building is currently vacant and is not in a usable condition, with ongoing maintenance and security costs borne by the County. No future use has been identified or proposed for the site following demolition of the building.

For your review:

The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the proposed project (State Clearinghouse No. 2020060451) has been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for your review. The FEIR document includes responses to the comments received on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), the FEIR appendices, and the DEIR as previously published.

Project Schedule:

FCH Project Schedule

Upcoming Meetings: 

County Board of Supervisors Meeting

Upon completion of the Draft EIR public review and comment period, a Final EIR was prepared to address all environmentally substantive written and oral comments received during the comment period on the Draft EIR. As the lead agency for the project, the County Board of Supervisors would be responsible for considering the EIR, making the required CEQA findings, making the final decision whether to approve the project and the Landmark Alteration Permit.

Date and Time: November 15, 2022

Meeting Agenda: Item No. 81 on agenda.

Link to Agenda here.

Link to Item No. 81 Report here.

Meeting Access and Comments: Please visit the Board of Supervisors meeting website by selecting “Board of Supervisors” in the drop-down menu under Meeting group (see image below). Instructions for accessing the meeting and submitting written and spoken public comments can be found on the meeting webpage

Board of Supervisor Webpage


Past Meetings: 

Historical Heritage Commission Meeting   

This project’s Landmark Alteration Permit application was on the agenda for discussion at three separate Historical Heritage Commission meetings.

Date and Time: Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 6:30p.m.
A recording of the meeting presentation can be viewed here.

More information can be found here

Date and Time: Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 6:30p.m.
A recording of the meeting presentation can be viewed here

More information can be found here

This DEIR was on the agenda for discussion by the Historical Heritage Commission.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 6:30p.m.
A recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

More information can be found here

Virtual Public Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Meeting.

During the public review period, a public information meeting for the DEIR was held to describe the proposed project, review the DEIR, and obtain your verbal input on the adequacy of the DEIR. 

Date and Time:   Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 6:30pm
Meeting:  A copy of the meeting presentation can be viewed here.


​Project Timeline:

  • On May 5, 2020, the Board of Supervisors received the report that assessed the feasibility of reusing the former San Jose City Hall facility and directed the County Administration to prepare an environmental analysis of removing the Former City Hall for the Board of Supervisors’ future consideration.
  • On June 22, 2020, the County posted the Notice of Preparation for a 30-day public review period.
  • On July 7, 2020, the County held a Public Scoping Meeting regarding the environmental impact report to describe the proposed project and the environmental review process and to obtain verbal input on the EIR analysis for the proposal.
  • On September 25, 2020, the County posted the Draft Environmental Impact Report for a 45-day public review period.

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