The property swap proposal comes from owner Charles Dunn of Old Mountain View Properties LLC. He no longer owns the auto shop business, which may be forced to move.
City zoning for the Dunn Automotive property allows residential, office and retail development. While no plans have been submitted, Dunn wrote in a letter to the city in November, "We have recently entered into a long-term ground lease with the Smith Family (a developer) with the objective of developing a Class A office building on the premises."
"We'd like to look at the possibility of including retail on the ground floor" of the new building, said Ellis Berns, Mountain View's economic development director.
"It increases a potential development opportunity," Berns said of the proposed swap. "Right now the ownership creates awkward parcels. This would square off the properties."
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