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Developer Files To Redevelop Old Mel Cotton’s Site

An application has been submitted to rezone the site of the historic Midtown building that housed iconic sporting goods store Mel Cotton’s for more than 60 years before it closed last month.

Applicant Terry Pries filed for a permit in late October to rezone the 2-acre site at the corner of West San Carlos and Race streets from light industrial to combined industrial/commercial.

Representatives for developer HMH Inc. could not be reached for comment about its plans or to address speculation that a hotel may be in the works there.

Though it’s unclear what kind of business might move in, San Jose planning staff made it clear in a recent report that housing is not an option there. The city is trying to bring in more businesses because property taxes don’t cover the amount needed to pay for fire, police, roads, etc. If there are not enough jobs for residents moving in, the problem escalates.

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