With a goal of possibly extending McKelvey Park, the City Council met in closed session last week to discuss purchasing five half-built houses behind the park, and decided not to.
Some council members had previously said that the idea was to buy the partially constructed houses behind the park, which have been called an eyesore, to extend the park's boundaries and help the Santa Clara Valley Water District build a larger flood detention basin there. Council members had said they wanted to have the Water District reimburse the city for it.
But city manager Kevin Duggan said "We are unable at this point to know for sure how it might impact the Water District project and what savings might be involved," and he noted that it might even delay the flood basin project.
Also being considered for purchase was a fifth house at 935 Mountain View Ave., which is next to the other four. Duggan said he expected the properties would be sold privately sometime soon.