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Google closing in on Mayfield site

The structure that once housed the region's first indoor mall looks as if it will be leased by Google in a move that suggest the search giant's expansion in Mountain View isn't slowing down.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Google has been listed as the lessee of the former site of the Mayfield Mall -- a 500,000-square-foot complex.

The article in the Business Journal, published today, said that the deal has yet to be finalized. However, as reported by the Voice, Google has been buying up office space in Mountain View like gangbusters recently.

The site had been planned to be used for a housing complex, but plans changed last year and developers announced they planned to re-use the existing buildings as an office campus.

Google could not be reached for comment.

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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

A bad move by Google. This neighborhood will try to get the council to impose concessions on Google before they let them occupy the site. This site is a great example of allowing the neighborhood to control/stop development and create an eyesore of a site. Its been sitting empty for over a decade.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

HP was already using this complex for office space, tight? Seems to me that Google can just take over the existing use permit without any input from the neighborhood.


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Posted by where?
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Where is this place?


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Posted by GoodForGoogle
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

I'm pleased that the office campus will remain an office campus. There is absolutely no reason to build residential in this area. I keep hearing high density growth nuts talking about 'supply and demand' with regard to high housing prices, but they have nothing to say about the fact that all of the new developments have astronomically high purchase prices and rents.

If the high growth nuts really want to have affordable housing, then they need to insist that the developers build absolutely crappy buildings. 300 square foot studios with paper thin walls. Only then will tenants refuse to pay a premium and housing will be affordable.

High growth nutcakes hate urban sprawl, but their solution to have everybody live on top of each other is lazy and irresponsible thinking. Why not dedicate some effort into building efficient transit systems? We haven't even scratched the surface on this.


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Posted by City Revenue
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:21 am

Back when HP was there, this was a sales office. A whole load of Sales Tax revenue came to the city of Mtn View through this site. This even included the sales tax revenue on the employee lunches purchased on-site. Now with Google there, not a dime of sales tax revenue will come to the city. Google is a lousy company for city revenue.


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Posted by Soap Opera
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

This sight is a soap opera. I'll believe it when I see it.


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Offices our housing, it's good to see something finally happening to this piece of real estate. The location is excellent, close to Caltrain and San Antonio Shopping Center, so it's a shame it has been sitting empty since HP moved out a decade ago.


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Posted by Old Coot
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Just what San Antonio Road needs...
Lots more traffic.
It's a parking lot starting at 1600 now.
And part of the property is in Palo Alto.


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Posted by FineWithIt
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

As a neighbor, we are fine with it... We'd rather have offices than the high density housing that was being proposed. And rather have it populated and cleaned up instead of a vacant eyesore. And they're going to repave the roads we use to access San Antonio which are totally destroyed by big old tree roots. As for traffic, this building is not the only thing creating traffic in the area. Yes, San Antonio is a mess, but that's a bigger problem. And I'm sure the Googlers in Monta Loma are hoping their team gets moved here - one less car that way!


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Posted by Betty
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Its great the building was not torn down, its a solid well built structure with ample parking so there won't be overflow parking in the neighborhood. There are many beautiful mature trees as an added bonus. There was no negative impact to the neighborhood when HP was there so there should not be now. Its a shame it took so long for a company to move in, but I am sure it had to do with the politics of Mtn View and Palo Alto.


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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Google is taking over the city, I think part of the building is in Mountain View and if so it's not good. Google doesn't pay taxes on their business activities, only property tax indirectly if they are renting. Mountain View is losing it's tax base and soon we will be called Google Town. Look for Google workers to become the elected city leaders which will cement the Google Town trend. I think Google should expand more in other nearby cities.


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Posted by Donald
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

We are neighbors and are pleased to welcome Google. We've had to live with the noise from all the demolition of the old HP site and we are sure Google will be an asset to Monta Loma.


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Posted by sophiemutterfan@yahoo.com
a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

That will bring more traffic, but no business to local restaurants, and no sales taxes to city of Mountain View.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

If Google pays 2 million to each personal of my condo complex, i'm sure we would all agree to sell.


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Posted by DoctorData
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

DoctorData is a registered user.

To the commenter who derisively referred to "high-growth nuts" and talked of "efficient transport" in the same sentence: urban sprawl and "efficient transport" is a complete oxymoron. I refer the commenter to the Mercury News article in December 2012 reporting that the VTA Light Rail was among the least efficient in the country.

Web Link

I suspect that the commenter will find that efficient transport (by which I presume they don't mean "cars") is only really possible in place with very high population densities. But since the said commenter is dead-set against people "living on top of each other", there's no way to satisfy them.


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Posted by Tom B.
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I hope and pray that Google does indeed move into the old Mayfield Mall site as soon as possible. I own a home in the Monta Loma and would love to laugh my way all the way to the bank when housing prices jump 50%! I'm a 4th generation SF Bay Area resident that was forced to leave the state after my marriage. Neither of us were software engineers. Years have passed and I inherited my present home. I can move back up to the Pacific NW shortly after selling and end up with a palace or a ranch.

All you newbies crack me up. I came of age around these parts during the "other" revolution......the Haight,Panthers, Mario Savio, SDS, Owsley LSD, the Warlocks, Awalt High School, etc etc etc.....Pre Venture Capitalists and Steve Jobs.


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Posted by To Tom B
a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2014 at 2:33 am

Umm, haven't you noticed--your home has already increase much more than 50% over the last 3 years. The Google occupation of the Mayfield Mall isn't going to have much additional effect.


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