Posted by Matt, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on May 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm
This is insane. Please everyone, go drive by the property as it is now. Anything would be an improvement, and these condos actually looked liked a really nice plan to help clean up the neighborhood. I was already trying to inquire how to purchase one.
Posted by ka, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on May 21, 2009 at 3:55 pm
I got seniors from the 2nd paragraph of the article. you're right, it would be close to the senior center. it would also be close to sizzler, another favorite senior citizen hangout. but, it seems sort of out of character for that neighborhood, unless a lot of buildings around there are going to be torn down.
Posted by wayne, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on May 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm
Mr. DeBolt. Well stated article. I would like to comment on a few things on that meeting. I was quite offended by Mr. Segal's tyrannical "I'm the King" remarks towards an applicant trying to provide a community housing benefit. Also his policy of down-zoning without legislation is appauling and with total disregard of the zoning code: the text for the General Plan. It is obvious to me, even though the project complied with the City's own written ordinances his edicts have been embraced by the planning staff. I would like to thank all the adjacent property owners who came to speak on behalf of our project. (No one objected) I will still pursuit entitlements for the site and be a relentless anti-lobbiest for Mr. Segal not to be re-elected later this year. I can hear his campaign slogan now...
Developers Beware, Property owners be scared, and seniors be prepared.
Posted by Robert, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on May 22, 2009 at 11:36 am
From what I understand, the proposal is not dead (correct?) Is there anyway for other neighbors to show support for the next phase after the California Environmental Quality Act stuff is prepared?
Was the cost / unit the real issue or was it rather the size of the project? $700K / unit seems like a steal compared to other Mountain View properties. Is there a way the project could move forward if it were scaled back just a bit (I don't know...say 2 stories instead of 3, slightly smaller.) It seems odd to me to me to plunk down a big 3-story building amidst single-story surrounding houses. I'll have to swing by this weekend to take a look; the google street view just doesn't seem to tell the whole story.