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Developer would level downtown 'eyesore'

Original post made on Oct 26, 2009

A small hotel on Evelyn Avenue near Castro Street, which neighbors say is "essentially a halfway house," would be demolished to make way for a four-story office building under a proposal the city's zoning administrator will hear on Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 26, 2009, 12:05 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by Todd, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I'm disgusted, but not surprised by the characterization of the hotel. If they think that hotel is "ghetto" they obviously have never made it out of their gated enclave to some place with an actual ghetto.

Posted by Peter, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Sensationalism again on the part of the Voice newspaper. Trying to stir up resentment towards residents at Bryant Street is again the order of the day. We never said that they were "Ghetto." Can someone say Rupert Murdoch?

Posted by James Hall, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Just what the area needs most right now - another office building. We should all replace the term "developer" with a more appropriate and descriptive title.

Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Oct 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Don Frances is a registered user.

Yes, someone did use the word "ghetto." From our story in March: "My concern is you are building a ghetto right here," said one resident, who added that — despite the police station located across Franklin Street — neighbors already must put up with the Pacific Euro hotel nearby, which was described as "essentially a halfway house." Web Link

Posted by Whas da Prob, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Halfway up? Halfway down? Is the PE a crime magnet?

Posted by Peter, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Don: If that is true, should you not report that "one person" stated this and "one person" does not reflect the opinions of the community? You, and the Voice, should be better than that. I think that the Voice does great reporting but you are not being fair when you blanket us all with one, clearly reactionary, comment.
Why not quote me: "I have no issue with the Pacific Euro Hotel of the people who live there.In fact, I see them every day and spoke with them on several occasions,they are nice people." I suppose this comment would not sensationalize the article!

Posted by Dr. Collateral, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm

What would be so wrong with an office building at that location? Perfectly situated next to a major transport hub. Better than yet another office building out in the greenfield someplace.

Posted by QM, a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 26, 2009 at 4:36 pm

291 Evandale should be the new home of the Pacific Euro Hotel.

Posted by Agree with Dr. Collateral, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:09 am

I agree with Dr. Collateral... I think this is a fine location for a moderately sized office building such as the one that is proposed. Besides being right next to the train station, it would bring more patrons to the nearby restaurants and businesses, and could replace some of the office/R&D space that is being converted to residential over in the Whisman area.

Posted by Andrew, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Nice rendering...except what's with the foreign license plate? :)

Posted by Aaron, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Stop making war on the poor! With 12% local unemployment, you might be among them sooner than you think!

Posted by Mr Advice, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm


Posted by downtown fan, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

I think that ghetto remark is insulting and way off. Let's not be too silly.

Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Oct 28, 2009 at 9:46 am

Don Frances is a registered user.

Regarding the "ghetto" thing, I think Peter is right insofar as it's become a distraction from the story. We'll leave that word out in the future -- however, that won't change the fact that neighbors don't hold the Pacific Euro Hotel in high regard.

(USA, I think it's only your login that is having problems -- others seem to be logging in fine. I'm not sure what's wrong but maybe if you canceled your old account and created a new one?)

Posted by Catherine, a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm

At that size, how about figuring out how to put in a first-floor grocery store to go along with three floors of office space? The Palo Alto Piazza's is 18,000 square feet.

Posted by Array, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Good point. Sticking in some ground-level retail would be a good idea. I should suggest this to the city council.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 28, 2009 at 4:42 pm

USA is a registered user.

Yes, the "ghetto" thing is a distraction. The building itself is not bad. It's just the residence.

I agree with my doppelganger Array that a first floor retail with office and/or condos above would be good. I am not a big fan of yet another characterless glass & steel office pillbox, but the rendering on this one looks pretty good.

(I will try a new account.)

Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Any reasonable plan to demolish this sorry excuse for a hotel should be supported by the City. That 'hotel' is an eyesore, or as Bette Davis would have said 'What a dump!'.

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