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Virgin eyes downtown MV site for hotel

Original post made on May 16, 2014

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson has gone into the hotel business, and he has set his sights on Mountain View, as have several other hotel companies.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:48 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by PennySmith, a resident of North Whisman
on May 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Really. First Google and the congestion they have caused and their huge buses on our small streets, causing rents to sky rocket; LinkedIn and the others and now hotels!


Posted by Build Baby Build, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm

This is a great idea! Private enterprise will pay for and increase the number of parking spots in downtown. The Wealth of the City is increased, while tax payers funds are preserved.

This is a great example of how competition and rational self-interest leads to economic prosperity. All thanks to the invisible hand!

But mark my words, if the liberal members of this city council try to insist on the corrupting presence of a union work force, this deal walks away. Luckily, the two worst liberal city councilors term out this year.


Posted by greghume, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Adding more parking means more cars.
A big hotel means more cars.
Who benefits from all this?

I don't see how it does anything good for me or the quality of life in my neighborhood.


Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park
on May 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

It would not be a big hotel; it would be a small one. A big hotel would take up an entire city block, something that will not happen here in downtown Mountain View during my lifetime.

It's the cars that come first, then the parking follows, not the other way around. There is increased auto traffic in Mountain View, resulting in the need for more parking, hence the construction of parking garages.

We already have the cars: try those two Hope Street city parking lots on a Sunday during the peak hours of farmers market (let's say 11am). No one builds parking lots unless there's a need for them. We didn't need parking garages in the Eighties or Nineties because there was less activity downtown in those days.

If the parking needs aren't adequately addressed, then people will go elsewhere to spend their dollars.

Benefits?

The city and its inhabitants benefit from the 10% transient tax (a.k.a. hotel tax). A hotel would also create more hospitality sector jobs.

A better quality downtown hotel would also be able to have a high-quality destination restaurant (a place that might be frequented by locals), something that a hotel at the Moffett Gateway site would be difficult to support.

I'm not saying there aren't some challenges to this project or any other commercial development in within a 100 mile radius of this city. But clearly there is some benefit to this project, both to the city and its inhabitants.

With downtown Mountain View's increased business activity (startups, etc.), discussion of a small downtown business-focused upscale hotel cannot be brushed aside as frivolous pipe dream.


Posted by ME, a resident of North Whisman
on May 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm

This is exciting for Mountain View. Hopefully, with the development of the "Moffett Gateway" the entrance to Leong from Moffett will be improved because now it's just dirt and broken concrete. This has been a disgrace to the neighborhood for too long!


Posted by SupplyAndDemand, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

There are no hotels in downtown mountain view because of supply and demand. If there was a demand for hotels, there would be a supply of them, yet there are none.

That is the law of supply and demand.


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

I hope that Castro does not become a concrete canyon with talk nondescript buildings. There is a place for such buildings but not on Castro. Put them on the other side of 101.



Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Liberals are funny. They demand mass transit, but when Google comes up with a system that removes dozens of cars per bus and does so far better than any government entity ever could, they complain.

The buses stick to major thoroughfares and are not on small streets.

You may be on the opposite end of the political spectrum from Rush Limbaugh et al, but you are equally ridiculous.



Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park
on May 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

@USA:

I think downtown MV can handle at least one upscale hotel. Note that Palo Alto has *six* hotels in their downtown zone: Westin, Sheraton, Garden Court, Cardinal, Keen, and Epiphany.

Putting a hotel across the 101 side also has some merit, but the fact remains that certain business travelers would prefer staying in a downtown hotel, whether it be here, Palo Alto, SF, San Jose, Denver, or Detroit.

It is completely unrealistic to relegate all hotel properties away from the business center whether it be Moscow, Milwaukee, or Mountain View.


Posted by Hmm, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

I would suggest that the Hotel make extra rooms available for there laborers.


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