Posted by BurnItDown, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm
That house is a piece of junk. Get rid of it already. There is a 6 story parking garage and a 5 story office building right across the street from that over hyped, over priced restaurant.
There used to be junky houses (actually converted horse carriage stalls) on the other side of the street where the condo complex now is. You want to make in improvement to downtown, you have to clear out the brush.
And while we are at it, let's get rid of Chez TJ too. When was the last time a low income housing occupant could even afford to stand outside that restaurant? Chez TJ is for profit company, and they are pulling the oldest trick in the book trying to gather "community support" to keep their pockets lined with gold.
Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm Max Hauser is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Peter Gilli's comment "you shouldn't assume that because the porch is falling apart that the historic building is as bad" makes me wonder how much he has personally inspected that building (5 minutes' walk from City Hall).
When touring Chez TJ's herb garden during its public showings a couple weeks back, I noticed on that side (away from Bryant) the old building's roof appears to be falling in. Maybe we still shouldn't assume anything from both the roof and the porch collapsing, but that building has been vacant, and evidently neglected by its owner, for how many years now (since the former shop in it closed)?
Posted by Sandra DiGiulio, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2012 at 6:50 pm
To BurnitDown: Since when does a business have to exist for everyone, all income levels? There is no reason to get rid of higher-end restaurants or businesses just because we can't all go there. For that matter, lots of places downtown are not affordable to all people.
Posted by Doug Pearson, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Jul 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm
All of the area bounded by Franklin, Evelyn, Bryant and Church streets, including the Pearson (no relation) house an Chez TJ are undergoing a long-term transition from mainly parking lots and small, single-story buildings to bigger, taller multi-family homes and mixed commercial-residential developments. Building heights will eventually average out at 3 to 5 stories, even on Castro Street.
I agree that a 4-story wall right next to Chez TJ will interfere with its garden and overall ambiance but the grossly run-down mess (Pearson house) is not a pleasant neighbor either.
The City Council has a tough decision and I will accept their solution. (Of course, I have very little skin in the game; I can afford to be complacent.)
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Jul 10, 2012 at 10:50 am
I don't see this building becoming DOG CITY II, times are different and office space is sorely needed. The Pearson house is kinda of old and rundown, yes it can be fixed up but to house what. We don't have such a big retail market in downtown. Yes Retail space is needed, we need more retail stores, we also need to offset Google which I don't have a problem with. I have read about certain building being purchased, I think Google has purchased enough buildings, they seem to be growing away from Mountain View while here it will be Home Office.
Posted by Doris, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jul 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Maybe its time to move to Campbell or Willow Glen, if Mountain View keeps modernizing its old-time charm away. Do Google employees really commute from San Francisco only because Mountain View lacks modern multi-story structures? Or are we selling out a vibrant community to financial interests?