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on Feb 18, 2010
Redwood City is facing costs of up to $600k due to a law suit and additional study for their Downtown Precise Plan because it allows taller buildings. Mountain View should be careful not to fall into that one.
The neighborhood is a mix of commercial and residential. If going taller means redeveloping the older vacant one and two story buildings, great!!! The diversity of commercial, retail, multi-family and single family homes is the uniqueness of the neighborhood. If you only want to see single family homes outside your door, maybe you should move to a different neighborhood?
I live in the Whisman area, just across the street from the Wagon Wheel lot. Yes - this is a mixed use area, however, nothing there already remotely comes close to a 7 story building. With limited access to the area, I don't see the sense in putting up buildings that high. Per the recent 2030 plan described in the voice, the Whisman area was NOT designated as one of the very high density areas - what's changed????? I'd love to see 7 story flats put up on Grant near Covington - oh wait, that's the "good" part of town - we couldn't possibly put in high density there. What a bunch of crap.
(Resident of the Wagonwheel Neighborhood Association area ... now if we could FINALLY get it on the pull-down of the other Neighborhood Associations!!)
I think that it would be interesting to run this on a SimCity-type of simulation. I'm somewhat concerned about six or seven story businesses and what that will do to traffic and parking. I am not as concerned of Godzilla attacks or tornados, however.
Obviously those in favor of higher density/more buildings in East Whisman have not been around that neighborhood lately. If they had, they would clearly note the numerous vacant office buildings. In fact, I think there's probably more vacant office space than filled. Some of these vacant buildings are brand new! And now they want to build more, higher, bigger. What a waste of money, time and space. Aren't these people supposed to be environmentally correct? What a shame.
I propose that the city committee members who voted for this plan saddle up their bicycles and roll on over here to check out all of the vacant space.
Nice, maybe they will also do something with the old Denny's as well. I also agree with "East Whisman Neighbor", that person should be on the committee to help the planners see the light.
p.s. xoxo ewn
This whole council has to go. Do voters in town realize whats going on in city hall? They are creating gridlock city!
I propose that city management and city council members can only recommend and/or vote *for* high density, 4+ story buildings (residential or industrial)when they themselves live within two blocks of the planned buildings.
"East Whisman"....that's a new one on me! I live on Whisman and lived (barely) through the Netscape Construction - the largest construction project in MV at the time (1997?) Anyway - construction is horrible to live across from - with so much vacant space why do we want tall buildings here!?!?!?
Technically the Whisman neighborhood is across the street. It is not up for development unlike the commercial area. Most residents will not even know what's going on because it will have little impact on them. This is a prime area for smart growth.
Jane, how do you think the old timers were feeling in the neighborhood when your house was being built. If they would of said that they don't want construction. Where would you be living today?
Hi Mr. Construction -
This is Jane - well, my home is one story, the core of the home built in 1898, added onto in the 1940's and then in the 80's. I have been here since the 1970s, so am one of the "old-timers." My comment had to do with the multi-story large buildings such as Netscapte, where the construction noise was so loud that inside my home with all the doors and windows closed it was too noisy to even hear a phone or have a conversation. I have had homes built next to me and condos behind me ... completely different that multi-story large buildings!
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