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They built it with our taxpayer money

Original post made by bernie brightman, North Whisman, on Jun 26, 2007

Now it just sits there, empty and idle. Where can we get our money back.

What am I writing about? The train station of course.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Castro City
on Jun 27, 2007 at 2:30 pm

I think the City is in negotiations with a vendor or two about taking over the depot.


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Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on Jul 7, 2007 at 9:51 pm

It's been idle how many years now and we still have only rumors?


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Posted by Fritz Knochenhauer
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Regarding the empty train station erected at great public expense, what conditions did the City of Mountain View add to make a lease so difficult. A small combo snack shack/bike shop/coffee shop or newspaper stand would all make sense here. As a former Mt. View resident, I fail to understand why such valuable real estate stands empty?

What's the catch? I don't get it.

Fritz Knochenhauer
Los Altos, CA 94024


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Posted by Curious Observer
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 11, 2007 at 11:43 pm

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Can someone refresh my memory, what was there before they built the depot? I love the look of the building, and I'm sorry that the city hasn't been able to put it to good use.


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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2007 at 10:52 am

I dont think there was anything there prior.

I dont see too many vendors jumping to open shop at such a low-volume station.


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Posted by Daniel DeBolt
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 12, 2007 at 4:46 pm

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City manager Kevin Duggan just told me that the city is negotiating with a tenant right now. Several months ago the voice ran a brief story about it.
See page five:
Web Link


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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2007 at 5:13 pm

thanks for the info


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Posted by Curious Observer
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 16, 2007 at 8:37 am

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Does this mean that the Japanese couple who run their little stand will have to leave? I'd rather see them in the Depot rather than having them leave.


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Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 29, 2007 at 9:48 am

OK, it's almost October now and still nothing. What do you "coming soon" people say now?


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Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 2, 2008 at 9:10 pm

OK GSB and DeBolt, it's been 7 months now and still nothing's happened. What do you have to say for yourselves and this outrage?!


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 16, 2008 at 3:58 pm

What about selling legalized marijuana out of the old, new train station? How much time did the council burn up last year talking about that? It could also double as the city's new teen center. Maybe the city could rent it to Google. But what ever happens, don't put any public rest rooms there. That's the last thing a train station needs. Better off relieving yourself in public.


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