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"...it is also one of the most historic sites in the city."
What is THE MOST historic site in the city?
Most historic? I'd say its a tie between the Rengstorff House, Hangar One and the Pacific Pres buildings.
I think this is good news. The Pacific Press campus is a lovely place with its well-kept gardens, courtyards, and historic press buildings. It's kind of a hidden gem - and I'm glad the Voice did such a nice job sharing its history as a part of this article. Growing up in that neighborhood, I remember many of us using it as a de-facto park on the weekends.
It sounds like Google will be a good steward of the site and its historic buildings, and am glad they're bringing some of their employees closer to the heart of Mountain View where they can easily walk to all the transit, shops, and restaurants Downtown.
I sure hope Microsoft doesn't ever leave Mountain View but decides to expand here as well.
The most historic site in MV? I'd say the building where William Schockley and the "Fairchild 8" got their start. It's on San Antonio avenue near the Milk Pail and Sears. It's now a Mexican market with fresh vegetables. You can stand in front of it and read the historic plaque in the sidewalk.
Whether for the better, or worse, is debatable, but the 'Traitorous Eight' founders of Fairchild Semiconductor changed this valley (and the entire world) forever. Shockley's lab probably does deserve a little more recognition...
Wow, I had no idea that complex was so old! I always thought it looked nice for a corporate complex...it's been very well maintained. What a pleasant surprise. :)
Microsoft just signed a lease to move and expand some of its business units from Mountain View into Moffett Towers in Sunnyvale:
Just one correction: Pacific Press was never "the" publishing arm of the SDA Church--it is "a" publishing arm of it. The church has publishing houses around the world, and even in the United States there is also the Review and Herald Publishing ASsociation in Hagerstown, MD.
With this purchase - Google almost doubled it's ENTIRE DIRECT PROPERTY TAX SUPPORT for the operations of local education! All the properties it owns/leases in Shoreline District pay no more than an average of 1/100 of a normal share for education operation BECAUSE OF THE SHORELINE DISTRICT founding statue. 0.5% of property taxes from it's Shoreline properties are guaranteed to education (on $33M AV) , but now, with this particular property, 49% of property taxes on $63M AV will be guaranteed to education! And it will change with property value. Yeah normal taxation priorities - boo redevelopment district tax diversions. (haven't I said that before (: ?
Where is this Pacific Press site located?
59 building owned by Google! We're going to have to consider re-naming the city to Google View.
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