Minton's may get chopped Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jan 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm
This Tuesday, nearly 100 years after Minton's Lumber and Supply opened up near the downtown train station, the City Council will consider a plan to replace the city's oldest business with a high-density apartment complex.
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Posted by D=Rock, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2009 at 8:34 am
I guess that is progress. Too bad they cant do a mixed use, some small retail, maybe a small hardware store, or a small grocery on street level facing the train tracks, with apartments above. I am always reading how there is no grocery down town. Perhaps the hardware store could be Mintons hardware. With the Farmers Market on the weekends, I am sure the hardware store would be partonized.
Posted by julye, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Just sold a home on Minton Lane and after living there for a short while this development purposal would create massive conjestion in that already conjested area. A 200 unit apartment complex like the Americana's would also change the Old Mountain View neighborhood theme. A development like the 32 unit housing next door to Minton Lumber property where I lived, would be much more appropriate and allow more ownership and less conjestion. If properly designed,a single family two story home would be an enhancesment to the area. But, not a monster housing facility. (Do the math: 200 X $1600 X12= $3.840 Million PER YEAR!) No wonder........
Posted by Denise, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2009 at 7:09 am
NO! MV should be modeling cities like Boulder, CO who have adopted a zero growth policy so that they can focus on the needs of their residents. We are facing a water shortage, air pollution, underfunded schools and in some cases, over enrolled classes (Kindergarden). Adding a high density residential complex would only compound these issues. In Berlin, Germany a large office complex was just torn down to build a 2 acre park. This makes sense; building something that enhances quality of life....I'd hate to see another residential complex built like the one at Calderon/Whisman. It swallowed that neighborhood.
Posted by h brunner, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2009 at 8:59 am
here we go again. high density nightmare.
we are facing water shortages, now and in the future. not entirely because of climate but because of shortsighted powers that be that allow and approve high density housing. the upcoming mayfield project will be perhaps the worst.
the city is calling for a ten percent reduction in our water useage whilst they approve new development. does the city council's cummulative i.q. reach room temperature?
Posted by smart growther, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm
Time for the council to stop being intimidated by the NIMBY's. Most of the council was endorsed by environmental groups that support high density infill housing. City planners will study all of the issues and deal with parking , congestion, water, education and other services. To say this area is already congested is silly. It's a perfect spot for high density given its right next to a transit site. It's amazing to watch some council members talk about smart growth but never never able to pull the trigger because of their fear that some resident will yell at them. It still amazes me that the previous development near the train station was only SFH's.