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Council quashes plans for historic house in Cuesta Annex

Original post made on Oct 20, 2011

Following a City Council decision made behind closed doors on Tuesday, the future hangs in the balance for a 130-year-old house and the city's proposed history museum. City Council members say they voted 4-2 against a proposal to add a restored 1880s home to plans for a Mountain View history museum in the Cuesta Annex.

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Comments (17)

Posted by Local Dad, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

The Historical Association needs to find another location for their museum building. They will never be able to raise the funds to put it in Cuesta Park Annex. Who wants to be a major donor for a very unpopular development? And with so many opposed, they will never be able to raise the funds on small donations.

Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

What in the hell is so wrong with some people that makes them continually want to build things in the Cuesta Annex?

Leave it alone!

There are plenty of old buildings in Mountain View that could be refurbished or scraped and rebuilt at a lower cost with much less environmental damage.

Posted by History, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

As I understand it, the museum wouldn't even be a historical museum as most of us would probably envision it. I was at a public meeting where it was asked if the museum would take many of the documents/artifacts that are currently housed at the MV Library. The answer was "no", that this was going to be more related to the agricultural history of MV.

Posted by W Park Dude, a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 21, 2011 at 8:56 am

Ask the folks who run the Computer History Museum. If they are honest with you, they will tell you they've been running in the red since day 1. If it weren't for the special events and rentals, and they have several there a week, they would not be afloat, even with all the huge tech donations. This is in a first class facility in the dead center of Silicon Valley paying homage to what now largely supports this valley. And the city is/was going to fund a blast-to-the-past homey museum? Just how often is every citizen of 75,000 paying their way through the turnstiles a second time? How many times can the schools repeat field trips there? If they think their having fundraising issues now, wait until it's up and running. Thankfully it looks like cooler heads are prevailing. Time to go back to the drawing board. Do we even need to do that? What's wrong with leaving it as it is? It's becoming the lone slice of Mountain View where would be artists can take their oil paints and easel and look like they're part of an old time Mtn. View postcard. That's the blast-from-the-past I want to keep. Is this city, which seems to doing fine compared to others even during these trying times, that desperate to develop every square foot in its coffers?

Posted by Jane, a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Oct 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

It sounds like there are lots of people vocally opposed to the museum. The historical people say the silent majority is in favor of the musuem. Apparently, the people in favor just aren't willing to make any donations or to even make any noise.

Posted by Don't know much about history ..., a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Oct 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

@Jane, it seems that the silent majority indeed wants a history museum ..... as long as others pay for it .... and it's located in somebody else' backyard :)

Posted by Kim, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Please remember to communicate your feelings about the Mountain View History Museum at the Cuesta Park Annex directly to the City Council Members. Here's a link <Web Link;. I thought they had their minds made up already so I'm shocked, but very pleased, that they voted like this. Maybe it's not too late to "save the annex"...

Posted by Kim, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

My link didn't work... just go to the city of mountain view home page, choose city council from the main menu and under related links (on the left), choose Email Council (bottom of list). Thanks! "Web Link"

Posted by Carl W., a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I find it interesting that the same city council was more than willing to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into a day workers center, and millions into pedestrian overpasses and other various pet projects but is unwilling to support a museum that would conical our cities rich past- Regardless of location, the city should take the lead on a project that we could all enjoy and benefit from.

Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 23, 2011 at 8:34 am

It just goes to show you how hypocritical the Council is regarding listening to the people of Mountain View. The homeowner's in my community signed a petition against the BMR housing. BMR DID LOWER OUR PROPERTY VALUES, and the council never once considered any kind of compromise (mixed housing, etc.). (Portion removed, terms of use.) I guess people who live near the Cuesta Annex are more important than us.

Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I wonder why my comment was censored, all I said was that some people suggested mixed type housing - seniors, regular, low income. WEIRD!

Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Oct 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

@DCS: The sentence that got excised from your comment can be paraphrased as, "It makes me mad." The expression you used to convey that sentiment was more profane, and so it didn't pass muster with the site monitor.

Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

@Andrea - But I didn't use still seems weird to me. If you have a list of words that cannot be used, maybe this should be posted somewhere.

Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

@Andrew - The sentence that got excised was the suggestion that was given to city council about considering mixed-use housing. If I did say something else in that sentence, why did the part about the suggestion get kicked out? It just seems like my voice was being cut-off, and the point about writing comments is to get public opinion heard.

Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Oct 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

I think posting a list of words that shouldn't be posted defeats the purpose, don't you?

I looked again at your original comment, and it looks like the parenthetical phrase at the end of your sentence was inadvertently cut off when the more colorful four-word sentence that followed it was removed:

(mixed housing, etc.)

I restored it to its rightful place.

Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

@Andrea - Thank you, and sorry for misspeling your name! I Still don't agree that I was being profane in anyway.

Posted by Begener, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Isn't it ironic that the History Museum would have destroyed one of the last open spaces in Mountain View?

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