SAY NO TO GENTRIFICATION-17 story luxury condo by SOTHEBYS and international corporation DA-LI

KODA Condominiums, proposed to be built in Japantown/Nihonmachi on 5th & Main will ask for a CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL for preliminary design and use: Proposed construction of a new 17-story mixed-use condominium (203 units) development, featuring ground floor retail and 3-levels of below-grade parking (75 stalls) on the site of an existing surface parking lot. Final use will also be discussed!!!

Developer Da-Li International & Realogics Sothebys are proposing a 17-story tower of 200+ condos & retail, with units selling for up to $1M+ (and $75K for a parking stall), and a lack of family-sized housing (no units larger than 2 bedroom).

The developer claims they will build a Japantown “landmark” that will “improve community image” and “pay homage to its historic past.” They’ve said they plan to include public space for the community, although at the last briefing it seemed their definition of “community space” just looked like an upscale retail & shopping court.

At previous Koda presentations, community members voiced concerns about how this development would truly benefit the existing CID and Nihonmachi community, and its potential negative impacts on Hirabayashi Place right next door, which houses a daycare and many Asian Americans, people of color, elders, and families.

We encourage you to attend to hear the developer’s plans and provide comment so they know the CID community is paying attention and wants new development to be accountable to the existing community. Let the developers & the City know that the CID needs development that goes beyond cultural window dressing – that provides culturally relevant small businesses and services, affordable, family-sized housing, and true benefits for the community — not just for the wealthy. You can also email comments to the ISRD Board at

When: Tuesday October 9, 4:30pm

Where: Bush Asia Center, 409 Maynard Avenue S. – Lower/Basement level. Enter Bush Asia Center through Hing Hay Park. Wheelchair accessible. The place is not scent free and have gendered bathroom. No stair to the bathroom but need to ask for the key from staffs.

If you or anyone you know need interpretation, please message us and we could request that for you!

Thank you for your continued engagement and leadership!


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