Owners seek shelter from CS zone
Original post made on Mar 11, 2009
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on Mar 11, 2009 at 2:30 pm
One reason this area lost so many tenants is the property owners wanted such high rents, Larry's Auto is one example of this. His old location is now full of offices by the way. When we had to relocate a couple of years ago we wanted to stay in Mtn. View but with the only allowable zoning area being Old Middlfield and the extremely high rents the property owners wanted we were forced to move to San Jose where both the city and the property owners have made it somewhat affordable for our type of business. The city needs to either keep that area as CS or find another suitable zoning area for the businesses that are forced to stay in the CS zones. The city has allowed far too many areas to be re-zoned as residential or mixed use and won't allow CS types of owners to use open space. I understand the property owners want to rent their spaces but in numerous cases they're not renting because their asking price is just way too high for this type of business. In 2007 we spent almost a year looking for space and never saw one location in the CS zone for $1 a foot or less, most were closer to $2 a foot.
on Mar 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm
This would be a better location for the Day Worker's Center of Mountain View than the residential neighborhood they are looking at. A property owner could offer free or reduced rent to the DWC and write it off their taxes as a charitable contribution. The DWC will enjoy better operations, given Old Middlefield Way's freeway access and commercial traffic. The City of Mountain View won't have to bend its residential zoning definitions, and Mountain View's residential neighborhoods will be protected from commercial incursion. That's a win-win-win-win for everybody.
on Mar 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm
I think that's a great suggestion, Brad!