Mountain View Voice

News - March 16, 2012

Fortune 100 Company eyes MV site

by Daniel DeBolt

City planners will begin working on a project that could bring another Fortune 100 company to Mountain View, the City Council decided.

The council last week narrowly approved the gatekeeper request on a 4-3 vote, allowing developer TMG Partners to plan a building as high as eight stories at 625-685 Clyde Avenue, near Highway 101 and the Sunnyvale Golf course in Mountain View's Whisman neighborhood.

"We are working with a Fortune 100 company that does have a timeline and wants occupancy by mid 2014," said TMG's Richard Watkins.

Watkins said TMG was aiming for six stories on the 82.7-acre site. Early designs show "two buildings over partially submerged parking garages, and two separate parking decks with an open space area near the curve in Clyde Avenue," zoning administrator Peter Gilli said in an email. The buildings could house 1,500 employees.

A city staff report said the possible zoning for up to eight stories is "identical" to the council-approved gatekeeper requests for Symantec at 350 Ellis Street and for developer Dostart at 690 East Middlefield Road.

Council members Laura Macias, Jac Siegel and Ronit Bryant opposed the request over the possible eight-story height of the building, but were unsuccessful in a motion to cap the height at six stories.

Macias called the gatekeeper approval "a knee-jerk reaction to what the developer says it must be," and said the project should wait until the city's general plan is complete later this year before allowing such projects to be designed.

City staff members say the Fortune 100 company interested in the building does not currently have a presence in Mountain View.

Email Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

Comments

Posted by Juan, a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

I think "Fortune 100 company" is just a secret way to say "Apple".


Posted by SG, a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Sounds like the start of a turf war between Apple and Google in Mountain View.


Posted by Jay, a resident of another community
on Mar 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

It would be good if Apple expanded there. Then Mountain View wouldn't be a one company town anymore with Google.


Posted by Jenn, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Maybe Country Deli can move over to this side of highway 101 and serve Apple employees. As far as I know they don't get free meals...


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