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.