Neighbors strike deal over disputed roof-top patio

It took three weeks of discussion, but downtown residents announced Monday, May 14, that they finally settled a dispute over a four-story roof-top patio on the Madera apartment building under construction at the former Minton's Lumber yard site.

After outcry from neighbors over potential noise coming from parties and a TV, Prometheus Real Estate Group agreed to neighborhood demands to not allow any audio or video devices with "externally audible" speakers on the roof, and to reduce the effective size of 2,200 square foot patio with planter boxes to create "distinctive circulation areas," said Robert Cox of the Old Mountain View neighborhood Association in an email.

Prometheus also agreed to not allow more than 50 people on the patio, to post rules, to restrict access to those with keys, to allow only special events hosted by Prometheus or residents and will have management or security officers available to handle complaints on a 24-hour basis. The patio will be closed from a 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily

Cox thanked planning director Randy Tsuda for working with a committee of neighbors on the deal, which allows "future residents the opportunity to enjoy this amenity while providing a minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhood."


Posted by Ron, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My God! What a HUGE waste of time negotiating a bunch of rules for a deck that will likely almost never be used.

Posted by gcoladon, a resident of North Whisman
on May 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

gcoladon is a registered user.

Ron, what are you basing your prediction on? Roof decks almost never get used in Mountain View?

Posted by What?, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

What about Prometheus adding it AFTER the city council appoved the orginal plan? That is ok?

Posted by NFW, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

It was just last year that City Planning outlawed roof decks for single family homes sighting that they were intrusive to other neighbours, but then Prometheus might have more influence than citizens....
Try to get a code changed in Mountain View and you will find there is no time on work schedules to fit in your issue. But the process is stream lined for City Council to bend over and lower the bar for big housing projects in any way developers want.... they can't say yes fast enough.... Substandard parking, less setbacks, more density... now roof decks.... The city has empowered itself to change anything they want, do anything they want... forget about the voters....Staff is appointed...

Posted by Rodger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

We have to fight against these huge apartment or condo projects, this project is an eye sore. We were deceived when we voted years ago, we didn't think about the light rail being used as a wedge to build dense apartments or condos close to the station with the justification that less car trips will be needed. I haven't heard of a study showing how many trips were eliminated by light rail or how parking needs were reduced. Does anybody believe that this complex will have less cars because it's close to light rail or Cal Train, it has less parking spaces. We need to vote for City council candidates that state they are opposed to high density.

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