Prometheus proposes nearly 1,000 new apartments


After a decade almost exclusively developing ownership housing, the city is being flooded with proposals to develop nearly 1,500 apartments. The shift in the real estate market has one developer alone preparing to build 926 new apartments at five sites in Mountain View.

Prometheus Real Estate Group is already under construction on the first apartment building in Mountain View in years, 203 units at the former Minton's Lumber site located at 455 West Evelyn Ave. The development and property management firm has four other projects in the pipeline as well.

Safeway on California Street at Pachetti Way is set to move by next year to a site under construction at El Camino Real and San Antonio Road. Prometheus has proposed to replace it with two apartment buildings totaling 306 units, each of which wraps around a courtyard, one with a pool.

The project was criticized in November by the Environmental Planning Commission and residents of the nearby Crossings neighborhood in November for its size and for being surrounded by parking lots, which have since been moved underground. But the basic building design, which was called "monolithic" by Commissioner Kathy Trontell, remains the same, scaling from three stories at Pachetti Way to four and then five stories moving towards San Antonio Road.

A commercial building on the site near San Antonio Road that houses a dentist, dry cleaner, hair salon and Planned Parenthood clinic would remain. The City Council may vote on the project this fall.

Prometheus is planning a less controversial project at 111 North Rengstorff, having received unanimous support from the Environmental Planning Commission. The Northpark Apartment complex would see 134 new apartment units, while 50 older units would be removed. The new units would be as high as three stories with underground parking. City Council approval is still needed, however.

Two other projects are still in early planning stages, 100 Moffett Blvd. and 1720-1730 West El Camino Real.

On Moffett Boulevard, a county social services building could be replaced by a 193-unit Prometheus apartment building. It would have similar open space and amenities to what's under construction now on Evelyn Avenue, said Prometheus' Nathan Tuttle this week. The project would have subterranean parking and scale from two stories at the rear to three stories and then four along Moffett and Central expressway.

On El Camino Real, 173 apartments have been proposed to replace Western Appliance and the Tropicana Hotel. The site could see two buildings rising from two stories at the rear to four along El Camino Real, with underground parking, said city planner Scott Plambaeck. The current zoning for the 1.39-acre site allows 97 units, or 70 per acre.

If the City Council approves, the city may soon begin charging a new fee on such development equal to three percent of the project's value. The council on Tuesday, June 5, voted 5-1 to begin a study of such a fee.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

The building above is 908 Villa St, the planned office building.

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Posted by BD
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The council on Tuesday, June 5, voted 5-1 to begin a study of such a fee.

Study? I think Mountain View has plenty of ways to charge fees with out having to "study" the matter.
Please citizens, get to the polls this coming November and lets get 5-1 of these idiots, that spend your money frivolously, out of here!
Brian David

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Posted by OMV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

The poster above is not informed about what it takes to create a fee to fund affordable housing. Cities need to conduct what is called 'nexus study' for it to be legally valid, or else the fee will simply be challenged in court and the city will lose. For instance, here is a link to the study Sunnyvale recently did: Web Link

If you oppose the concept of the fee, that's one thing, but don't just blindly criticize the Council for conducting a study without understanding the facts.

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Posted by James Hoosac
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

It's time to upgrade all apartments in the City of Mountain View. Make it a vibrant city for young professionals and career starters.

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Posted by Joe the Plumber
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 12, 2012 at 7:04 am

And all the blue collar losers? Where are they going to live?

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

I'd love to know just what the black crud that comes gushing out of my bath faucet consists of, but Mountain View apparently has no interest in inspecting the quality of the water in residential rental units. This silly little town also refuses to inspect gas appliances installed in residential rental units without a permit. Why would any landlord bother to get a permit when there's no penalty for not getting one?

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Posted by kman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I have an idea, lets add as much apartments until we run out of water. Then will know when to stop. Then no one will have water. Oh well

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Now here is a concept: Mountain View could do a rental housing inspection program like other CA cities. I am a landlord in Sacramento and I pay $ 80 for a mandatory property inspection. It is conducted by city building inspectors.It must be generating income, or would have been cut a long time ago.

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Posted by Social Worker
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 12, 2012 at 5:44 pm

If they inspected rental housing they would no doubt uncover some pretty squalid living conditions along California Ave. I've seen some examples, and it ain't pretty. Hard to believe this is Silicon Valley and not some ghetto in the Third World.

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Posted by Prometheus Dweller
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

After renting from Prometheus for several years, I strongly caution the City to watch their back. This management company knows all the ways to get what they want. Be careful how big you let them get in this town.

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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Mountain View has a population density of more than 6,000 residents per square mile, which is high. We are on our way from being a suburban city of sunshine, parks, and fun to being an overcrowded city. Fifty nine percent (59%) of our residents are renters compared 43% statewide. Renters tend to be more transient, and less concerned with long-term city values than owners. If we want a stable, healthy, city, we need to limit our population and encourage home ownership,

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Philosophically, I support higher density housing. But am concerned with yet more density located along California between San Antonio and Rengstorff. This area is already congested, already has the highest density housing (Avalon and the condo's next door), we already have one of the lowest park ratios, more traffic with the related accidents and pollution, the worst elementary school (Castro)AND we get few of the benefits other parts of Mtn. View receive, like easy access to a safe trail like Stevens Creek.

In addition, as part of a townhome complex we pay for our roads with our HOA dues, we pay San Francisco to maintain Hetch Hetchy land and we pay for the water for the lawns that San Francisco requires. We can't even get help from the Police to tow abandoned cars since we are a 'private road'.

As I said, if our end of Mtn. View has to put up with all the traffic associtated with all the new developments at San Antonio Shopping center, the last thing we should be stuck with is a boxy poorly designed apartment building. It is about time the city spent some effort improving California.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

We have way to many apartments in Mountain View, let's keep any new apartment developments that we cannot stop to very low density. Remember to vote for City Council candidates that support low density.

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Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Prometheus has descended upon Mountain View. Sit back and watch the destruction.

Next up on Tuesday the city council will "approve", more like rubber stamp, the change in zoning for Rengstorff and the central expressway
so the titan can raze the buildings and clear the land so 3 times as many apartments can be built.

Sit back and enjoy the show. Our representatives don't represent us, they represent monied interests who don't live here.

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