San Antonio Center owners propose redevelopment
Original post made on Jan 29, 2009
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on Jan 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm
Remember when San Antonio shopping center was the premier shopping center for miles around? Mayfield Mall was the pride of Santa Clara Valley. The Old Mill was a wonderful shopping center disguised as a work of art. For sure, Mountain View's retail shopping area has been neglected for far too long (especially if you are a shop-aholic).
Did this article refer to "high density homes"? Hold your horses folks, a "home" is a cottage on a five acre lot... with a view! There is no such thing as a high density home, period. With poorly planned high density housing, we could end up with traffic congestion and other problems of LA.
on Jan 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm
WATCH OUT FOR FIRE @ MINTON SITE LIKE 1995
on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm
I agree with you Douglas - I too remember when the San Antonio center had more department stores and was a great place for a family shopping trip; after visiting a few stores, we kids would beg to go to the Menu Tree. I remember shopping and enjoying the Christmas decorations at Mayfield Mall. I enjoyed shopping and having lunch in the Old Mill's lovely environment. I remember how much we liked bringing out-of-town guests there to dine. It was frustrating to see many of its spaces vacant, though - I remember how we lamented that if they only had a nice "anchor" department store attached, they probably would have had more than enough business to rent out all the shop spaces.
I agree that the idea of a walkable, "green" redevelopment of the San Antonio center has great potential, if well designed. I also am concerned, though, that crowding too much high-density housing into the San Antonio location could result in worse problems than increased traffic. And would they start charging shoppers to park in the garages?