Council OKs high-intensity offices


A former work furlough facility next to the Middlefield light rail station will soon be razed to make way for a new three-story office building. The city approved a gatekeeper request to have the plot rezoned to accommodate a structure with a higher floor area ratio.

Both the city and the developer, San Francisco-based Four Corners Properties, are optimistic that the location of the new offices at 590 E. Middlefield Road, along with its high-intensity designation, will attract a promising company whose employees will use public transportation.

By approving Four Corners' gatekeeper request, the city has allowed for a change in the zoning ordinance currently in place on the land, bumping up the permitted floor area ratio from 0.5 to 0.65. The higher floor area ratio will allow for a higher intensity building -- a designation that refers to the capacity of a given office or retail space.

"In key areas where there is adequate infrastructure, there is an interest in higher intensity structures," said Peter Gilli, zoning administrator for the city. According to Gilli, 0.65 floor area ratio is higher than many other buildings in the area.

Gilli said that the zoning change is in line with the city's forthcoming new general plan, which is scheduled to be complete by 2012 and calls for reducing traffic congestion and increasing use of public transit.

Giving a large number of people the opportunity to work directly adjacent to a VTA light rail station -- as this zoning change will do -- will encourage that goal, Gilli said.


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Posted by Wally Hood
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm

". . . whose employees will use public transportation."

Using public transportation practically requires:
1) that the employees live near public transportation
2) that public transportation will always be available when they need it.
3) that using public transportation will always be comfortable, clean, safe, economical, convenient, for the whole door-to-door trip.
4) that on work days all they're doing is going between home and work, with no stops (for shopping, dining, visiting, etc.).

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

USA is a registered user.

"high-intensity" - Who comes up with these phrases?

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Posted by Al
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

Agree with both above and,
What about all the folks that had a chance to visit that place.
A place that gave them an opportunity to work off their debt to society.
These days we have people locked up with no chance of recouping that money. What a waste!!!
Why was it shut down?? it was such a money maker!!

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Posted by Dwight Shroot
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

This makes total sense, what with the shortage of office space available. I mean, heck, there's almost NO vacant offices around(yah right)

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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Sad, that building is actually kind of architecturally interesting.

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