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Landmark La Costena building to be redeveloped

Original post made on Jun 30, 2010

Building owner Charles Gardyn says he doesn't have to kick out two popular burrito joints in order to make redevelopment of his landmark building feasible.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 12:52 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by MVFlyer, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 30, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Sounds like he's really trying to do right by the businesses and neighborhood. Good job--I just hope that La Costena and La Bamba can hold out until the new building is up.

Posted by tommygee, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 30, 2010 at 5:13 pm

My brother who lives in Placerville goes to La Bamba when he visits us here in Mtn. View. He then greets us with La Bamba's great burritos...And yes the burritos are great...

Posted by Sly, a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I think everybody needs to be compliant. But I hope la constina & la bamba do not find a cheaper home.

Posted by FamilyMan, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

The city of MV will probably screw this one over too!

Posted by Braddha Merl, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Yea, Mountain view will screw it up. Just like cuesta park Annex, and Shoreline Park.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

USA is a registered user.

The building is near my office. Indeed, the burritos are very good, but the build is old and a real health hazard. It needs to come down before it falls down. La Bamba has repeatedly run afoul of the law due to zoning issues (too many tables, not enough parking). It would be best for everyone if the building was replaced, parking expanded, and La Bamba moved back in.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 30, 2010 at 11:03 pm

USA is a registered user.

The neighborhood has some real seedy housing and people. In recent years, a lot of private money has come in to build some nice housing (SFR and row housing) which is bringing in young families, professionals, and other good people.

The use of taxpayer money to build "affordable housing" is unnecessary and would reverse the community improvements.

Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jul 1, 2010 at 7:41 am

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Posted by Mark, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm


You really have the social awareness of a tick.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

USA is a registered user.

I said bad things about the thugs in my "hood". My bad. Where are my manners.

Posted by Mark, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jul 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

You lent them to Mel Gibson?

Posted by Joe Silva, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm

This is great news, glad to hear the the owner cares about the current character of the property. The businesses there plus residential space above gives it a lot of charm. And yeah the food at both La Costena and La Bamba are awesome.

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