SAN JOSE (KCBS) –The City Of San Jose launched a major push on Friday to improve downtown by filling up the area’s empty storefronts.
In Downtown, the current vacancy rate is about 20 percent and Councilman Sam Liccardo said they want to fill up the storefronts anyway they can.
“We all recognize the impact that filling an empty storefront can have on a community. Not only do we get jobs, we get revenue; but also we get a safer feeling out on the street. Pedestrians now have something to be engaged with,” Liccardo said. “There’s not as much as a sense of concern and often safety really improves considerably as you are able to turn on the lights and so this about improving our community in many ways.”