TONIGHT: Minton's, Moffett and more for council

The City Council is set to take on four study session topics tonight: a proposed 214-apartment project slated for the Minton's Lumber site; the past, present and future of Moffett Field; the major concerns of the Human Relations Commission; and the unusual topic of taxi service in Mountain View.

Council members will give preliminary direction on the project slated for Minton's, which is still in business at 455 W. Evelyn Ave. Developer Prometheus plans a project on the 3.3-acre site tapering from two stories on Villa Street to four stories on Evelyn Avenue. The two proposed buildings above an underground parking garage would be split by a promenade similar to what Prometheus built at Park Place on Castro Street. The four-story section will require a General Plan amendment, which some neighbors oppose but affordable housing advocates support.

The council will also take on the unusual topic of taxi service. Several taxi cab companies have requested that they be allowed to operate in Mountain View, where currently only two companies are allowed to operate cabs: Yellow Cab Company Peninsula and Checker Cab of Silicon Valley. Each company can have 17 cabs in the city at any one time. The reasoning for the restrictions is that it takes city resources to inspect each cab and conduct background checks and drug and alcohol tests of each driver. One alternative proposal, called "reciprocity," would allow cabs to operate in Mountain View that are regulated by other cities, which may have less stringent regulations. Los Gatos is the only other local city that operates under reciprocity.

For the first time in 10 years, the council plans to have a comprehensive discussion about Moffett Field, federal property that the city has a major interest in but no direct control over. The Navy left the property to NASA Ames in 1994, and Ames now wants a major research park and university campus for the area and plans to keep the airfield for limited flights. Most of the area is a Superfund site, and the Navy has spent $100 million in ongoing clean-up efforts.

The Human Relation Commission will also meet with the City Council to discuss topics of importance to both groups.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the second floor of City Hall at 500 Castro Street. The full agenda and staff report is available here.


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Posted by karen McAdams
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

where is mintons moving?

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Posted by tommygee
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Mintons would just close up shop---apparently it is the oldest business in Mountain View---over 90+ years that is still operating. Perhaps the city council has an idea of where to move the company within Mtn. View; but where would the lumber company fit? Good question.

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Posted by John
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Minton's is closing, competition from the big boxes
and the economic/real estate downturn at the same time
have taken their toll. I haven't heard of a definitive date

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