Letters to the EditorTime to build homes at Mayfield site
As a Mountain View resident — and as someone who is currently renting but hoping to buy a home and raise my young family in Mountain View — I would like to voice my strong support for the proposal to build homes at the Mayfield site.
The Mayfield proposal makes perfect sense. We live just across the Caltrain tracks in the Monroe Park neighborhood. We pay nearly $3,000 a month for a small two-bed, one-bath apartment for my family of four. The homes in the neighborhood — small and old — sell for more than $1.2 million. We are priced out of home ownership.
The Mayfield proposal will bring a mix of new home stock — single-family homes, town homes and condos — and two new public parks to the area. Mayfield is walking distance from the San Antonio Caltrain station, and the increase in ridership will keep cars off the road and possibly convince Caltrain to increase service to San Antonio.
Let's get it done now, so young families can have the opportunities for home ownership that is part of the American Dream.
End the holdup on Mayfield project
For years now, the city has been planning what to do with the Mayfield Mall site. What is the holdup? Why is this taking so long?
Our community has a housing shortage. Rental vacancy rates are low and housing prices remain high. Yet, when we find a perfect site to build condominiums and town homes, the kinds of homes affordable to those struggling to get a foot in the door, we say no. That's not right.
Not everyone can afford to buy a typical home with a big yard. In fact, the price difference between a condo or town home and a single-family home begins at $200,000. That's why it's important for us to build homes that, in essence, are the bottom rung on the ladder to building equity.
We have the opportunity to do that on this site. Let's get moving and bring those homes online.