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Council OKs mixed-use project on Castro

Original post made on Apr 25, 2013

After an intense discussion about downtown architecture, the City Council on Tuesday approved a redevelopment of the corner of Church and Castro streets.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 25, 2013, 10:43 AM

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Posted by Political Insider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

"We all love CHAC, the property owners are great people, but this is not the correct look," Bryant said.

Of course she knows what the correct look is because of her academic training and experience in designing projects. Whats correct for her must certainly be correct for everyone else.

What nonsense. Mayor Inks is a saint for being so patient. I live near this site and walk by it all the time. Any new design would be an improvement for these outdated buildings.


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Posted by AJ
a resident of Jackson Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

What's there currently is certainly ugly.


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Posted by A Talking Cat
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Is there a part of downtown Mountain View that *isn't* planning on being under construction in the next year? :(


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Posted by Wut Wut
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

What's up with all this development? This is getting out of hand. I can't even recognize the city anymore.


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Posted by Mandy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Will we finally get a strip club? My husband has been asking for one of those downtown for years.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

@Mandy: Thanks! I just ended up with my coffee all over my lap. Very funny comment & awesome sense of humor.


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

FOUR STORIES!!! Mountain View is losing it's charm, one sky scraper at a time. It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

@ Mandy, very funny! I don't think that's what they meant by mixed-use project.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Four stories is not exactly a high rise, good spot for a building like this. Growing Mountain View companies will snap this space up, the condos will sell like hotcakes.

More people living and working downtown means retail base will get stronger.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Why not focus the development on El Camino Real properties that have been abandoned for years? For example, the huge lot across from Two Worlds, the property where Austin's was, the abandoned motel by Western Appliance, etc. There seems to be lots of un-used, decaying properties that could use a make-over and would go a long way towards ending the blight of El Camino Real. Maybe the city could broker a deal between those property owners and some developer?


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Those properties already in one way or the other are going though planning stages or have been approved.

The site across from Two Worlds is planned medical offices.

The motel next to Western Appliance is going to be rental units, the site of Austin'd not sure yet but I read somewhere is might be a park or be looked at.

Check the planning department, they have a nice list of planned projects in the pipeline.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Must be an awful long pipeline, the Two Worlds and Austin's sites have been vacant and looking like crap for years.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Austin was part of the Tropicana site, which is going to be built on, the Austin might be a park? Still in limbo.

The site across Two Worlds was old Mountain View and then some used car dealer, the site had toxics in the ground. Site needed to be cleaned. I have seen photos of medical offices but still nothing built.

I have seen projects approved and then fall apart, nothing gets done or just reason that are know to the developer. Other projects developers have good sense, good business plan, the market changes all the time. I don't want to see everything overbuilt, would rather take time and building something really nice and that can last.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Oooops Mountain View Ford, before that it was some other car dealer. Parson's maybe. After Ford was a used car lot.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 27, 2013 at 6:08 am

"A blank wall will not be a pleasure to walk by."

Given that it is currently dumpsters of the existing business, a blank wall will be a pleasure.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 27, 2013 at 6:14 am

@Mandy - You have my support. And it sounds like Bryant is in favor of a strip club...

"A downtown is only successful if it's interesting to walk there," Bryant said.


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Posted by long time resident
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Mountain View is changing since they adopted United Nations Agenda 21.
Lots of residential/retail buildings.


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Posted by Mr Advice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 28, 2013 at 7:13 am

Please no Section 8 Tenants allowed.


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Posted by DC
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 28, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Put a park on El Camino???? And how does the fuzzy math work 16% less parking cause we feel like it. Rules are rules for a reason.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

"Rules are rules for a reason"

And the rule says an exception may be granted if the parking is not necessary.


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