CUPERTINO (KPIX 5) – The fate of the long-delayed project to replace the old Vallco Shopping Mall in Cupertino with housing could reportedly leave the city facing a lawsuit from the state.
Developers, who are planning to build more than 2,400 units, half of them affordable, along with 1.8 million square feet of office space and 400,000 square feet of retail, have faced a battery of roadblocks.READ MORE: Transient Man Arrested In Fatal Assault At Walnut Creek Civic Park
The developers have invoked Senate Bill 35, a state law that aims to make it easier to build affordable housing units. Meanwhile, opponents have filed a lawsuit against the project.READ MORE: Marin School Board Votes To Rename Drake High After Beloved, Former Teacher Archie Williams
According to the San Jose Mercury News, state housing officials are threatening to sue Cupertino if the project fails to materialize, because the city could fail to meet state housing goals.
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In a statement to KPIX 5, Cupertino officials said “The City is aware that it will need to take action to ensure that sufficient sites are zoned for housing in the event the SB 35 project is overturned.”