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on May 27, 2011
Why can't I think of a question to ask?
Does M.V. have an active Redevelopment Agency?
Sounds like you did
Hmm, i live in the Monta Loma area and i was never asked. Who did the they ask? This place is a major traffic headache. The streets around there should be better redeveloped before they put in such a huge project for the google employees. What about the infrastructure being overloaded, the schools, the garbage, the water, sewers, etc... Lets not forget about the gas pipeline that runs down Middlefield.
I guess it's true what they say about Mtn View, that it's turning into a bedroom community.
I can hear it now ... future homeowners in this lovely development complaining about Toyota's service department, all the traffic, the noise, etc., etc. Pushing to drive a long term (decades, mind you) profitable business out of the area. Do the city planners actually think about things like this when they approve these ultra high density projects?
RoxieK--The Toyota dealership is actually in Palo Alto, so MV gets zero benefit from it--the city line runs right along the new development's property line. So if it gets driven out or not, it won't make a difference to MV--but I agree, a long term business that's a good neighbor is very worthy to keep.
I live just down the street from this site, and I can tell you, traffic will be an issue. Alvin street is sub-standard width, and with limited street parking around there it's going to be nasty. Add to this people cutting through the neighborhood from the new HP development, and our quality of life will not be as good. At least this development is in MV, so we get the property tax revenue--lots of people park on Alvin who live at the apartments next to the new development--the apartments are in Palo Alto, but they tie up our street.
I wonder who in Monta Loma "approved" this--most of the Monta Lomans are affected by the HP development, so they really don't care about the Alvin/Middlefield site.
I too wonder who OK'd it from Monta Loma. They make it sound like we are excited. Not so much.
I will say that anything would look better than the current parcel of weeds and chain-link fences, though.
If the neighborhood association approves of the project, then that is all that is necessary for some council members to support the project. I watched the replay and it was embarrassing to see some council members argue over the width of the sidewalk. Some wanted more sidewalk and less green landscaping.
I live in Monta Loma and think this is a good plan. Let's get construction started!
MORE HOUSING MORE - MORE STOP AND GO TRAFFIC ON HWY 101 AND LOCALY OR TOTALY STOPPED.
HOW STUIP CAN THIS COUNCIL BE!
This plan has been in the works for a long time. There have been numerous notices about meetings that the neighborhood was invited to participate in and give feedback. Those who show up for them or send in comments are the ones the city council can take into account in terms of neighborhood approval. The neighborhood association does not specifically endorse particular plans, candidates or issues. It provides information and a forum to discuss these. If you want to be sure to hear about upcoming meetings or study sessions with the City Council on developments in or near Monta Loma, get on the neighborhood email list and also on the City Council list. You'll get postcards from the City about meetings. They also send emails to the MLNA President which are then posted to the neighborhood email.
Did anyone ask the Mountain View-Whisman school district if they have the extra capacity for a few hundred more kids?? Who is going to pay to transport and educate these kids? The developers get off easy, and I think the MV City Council does not consider the whole picture when they leave the school district out of the discussion.
@localmom - "a few hundred more kids"? Ok, let's see, 32 new row homes. Let's say "a few hundred" means 200. That makes 6.25 kids per 1,500 square foot row house. They sure will get underfoot.
Bad place for houses. As soon as their occupied, they're going to start complaint about all the businesses. Motorcycles whizzing by from Cal-Moto, tow trucks filling National Tow's lot with all those cars towed by MVPD for driving while brown. And, oh my, a bar!, open until 2AM?!? With smokers outside talking?
There is a reason all these businesses are on Old Middlefield. NO HOUSING! Who approves this crap? Oh yeah, the incumbents. Grow a pair voters and try not to be so complacent with the same old folks in charge.
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