Well a little poking around and I found this. Seems like this SnowSchool non profit idea (the snow park) is piggy backing on the City's plan to develop the site as a sports and retail complex. One would think if the city decides no go on the softball park/retail development, then the whole thing is moot.
It also seems there are 5 other sites in consideration for the project.
The former Singleton landfill is a 90-acre site located south of Capitol Expressway between
Senter Road and U.S. Highway 101. Andrew Hill High School is located approximately three
hundred feet to the west and single family residences border the site to the east and south.
The landfill site has the General Plan designation of Public Park/Open Space and is zoned as R-1-1.
From 1964 to 1978, the site operated as two separate saniti~ry landfills: San Jose Disposal
Grounds (privately owned, located north of Singleton Road) and the CSJ Dump (City-owned).
In 1973, the City purchased San Jose Disposal, and the site collectively became the Singleton
Road Landfill, which was operated by the City as a municipal landfill until closure in 1978. The
former landfill has remained a vacant unutilized parcel since 1978.
The landfill has an aged methane collection and extraction system in need of replacement at an estimated cost of $2
million. Any future development on the site would need to consider the 100-foot riparian
setback per San Jose’s Riparian Corridor Policy and trail development along the corridor.
Extensive reports and monitoring information on the site has been developed over the past 20
years of City oversight of the closed landfill. Methane gas volume created from the closed
landfill has steadily decreased over time as expected.
Previous proposals for the site, including a golf course in the mid 1980’s and a softball complex
in early 2000’s, were evaluated by potential developers and staff and ultimately deemed not
feasible, in part due to the special development considerations and costs required for building on
a closed landfill site. In November 2000, the voters of San Jose approved a $228 million parks
bond measure and the only remaining project left to develop is a softball complex. Staff is in the
process of identifying a location for the softball complex. Given the large size of the Singleton
site, there is the opportunity to create a combined sports complex and retail center that is a
destination location for tournament play.
Hopkins Real Estate Group has expressed interest in developing a softball sports complex and a
retail development along Capitol Expressway, including an appropriate buffer from nearby
residential uses. Staff believes that its potential partnership should be explored and evaluated
along with other potential softball sites. The proposed Agreement will provide information
related to project feasibility and does not obligate the City Council to further action.