Developers interested in NASA Research Park Other Issues, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Four major real estate developers have expressed interest in developing a nearly three million-square-foot research park at NASA Ames, according to a consortium of local universities coordinating the project's development.
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Posted by Bruce Karney, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 7, 2009 at 2:20 pm
I like the comment at the end about "long term groundwork."
Universities are among the longest-living and most adaptable institutions in the developed world. That's not to say that they're perfect, but they do know a thing or two about real long-term planning. There are at least 100 colleges and universities in the US that are more than 200 years old -- how many medium to large private businesses have that kind of longevity?
Therefore, I hope that when their plans are finished they have much more emphasis on providing housing that's in balance with the number of new jobs and students they will bring to the area. Otherwise, they will have failed to look at what makes communities sustainable, no matter how long-term their view is.
Posted by Rodger, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jul 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm
It seems like this will add significant number of people and car trips on the Northern border of Mountain View. The land is owned by the US Government but I think it's considered inside Mountain View. I hope the city gets involved to make sure this development works with the rest of Mountain View.
Posted by Keep things in perspective, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Re: eric's comment about traffic...
Let's keep things in a perspective here. What traffic 'nightmares' have you recently been involved in -- in Mountain View? Waiting for 60 or 90 seconds at a traffic light along El Camino? (Check your watch the next time you're at a light that seems long, then be truthful about the result...) A few minutes of stop-and-go along 101 near the 85/101 merge? More than 3 cars waiting at light along Shoreline, Rengstoff or Middlefield?
By comparison to most other major metro areas -- Washington DC, LA, Atlanta, Houston -- traffic congestion in the Mountain View area is miniscule. But the benefits of a project like this one at NASA Ames in terms of job creation, attracting talented students and professionals, etc -- would be substantial. Let's not snuff this project out before it even gets started due to some alarmism about perceived traffic problems.