Status

Here is a short summary of the Conservancy’s current projects and the status of each.

This page was last updated on May 2016.

Fundraising. The only “sure” way to preserve the Tower is to raise the funds required to preserve it. Our best estimate is that will require raising approximately $1.5 million before the deadline imposed by MidPen Open Space of October 2017.

As of May 2016 we are approximately 25% of the way towards that goal.

Next steps are to:

  • Significantly increase our advertising spending
  • Significantly increase our visibility in various social media
  • Redouble our efforts to identify and engage potential major donors

Historic Designation. The Conservancy is working with Santa Clara County in an attempt to include the Tower on the County’s Heritage Resource Inventory.

Being listed in the Inventory would not prevent the Tower from being demolished, but it would trigger additional levels of review before a demolition permit would be issued. A higher level of historic designation – being listed as a County Historic Landmark – would protect the Tower from demolition.  However, the County ordinance requires that MidPen Open Space (the Tower’s owner) would have to agree to the Landmark designation.  We do not believe they would agree.

The County’s Historical Heritage Commission has voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors add the Tower to the Inventory. The Board will vote on this at their May 10 2016 meeting. We hope that they will approve the HHC’s recommendation.