With the San Jose Earthquakes just days away from surviving a potential appeal of their land use permit to build a new soccer stadium in San Jose, the local NBC affiliate takes a quick look at the situation. In a phone interview included in the video, Earthquakes president David Kaval states that if all goes well with the permit, the team will quickly work on submitting architectural plans to the City of San Jose, and that groundbreaking on the new stadium should begin in 2012. With Planning Division officials on a holiday break, news on whether an appeal has been filed and accepted will not be announced until Tuesday, January 3rd, at the earliest.
As part of the process to this point, the Earthquakes have asked the City of San Jose to consider moving the stadium construction process on a more accelerated path, as has been provided for other works projects in the area in the past. Given that the Planned Development permit already spell out a number of the general scope of the stadium project, getting the construction plans through the pipeline to allow for work to proceed on the project should not require the same level of scrutiny that the land-use permit demanded. The timeline for completion of the proposed new stadium has still not been spelled out to the public, but it is not inconceivable to believe that the Earthquakes, with fast-tracking from the City of San Jose, could be ready to move into a new facility by early in the 2013 season.
(see the video after the jump)
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