Council OKs 33 row homes for Colony Street


The neighborhood around the intersection of of Colony Street and Sierra Vista Avenue may have 33 new households soon, the City Council decided Tuesday.

Developer City Ventures is set to build 33 attached row houses on the 1.8-acre site, replacing a pair of industrial buildings at 1951 and 1941 Colony St. that's home to several businesses with expiring leases. The three-story homes in the development, dubbed "The Collection," are expected to sell for $850,000 each.

Council members had almost universal praise for the design, with member Chris Clark calling "a great project" and member Jac Siegel saying it was "overall good -- I like the architecture."

It avoids design pitfalls of a comparable development at the corner of Dana Street and Calderon Avenue, planners and council members said.

"The corners weren't done well at Wild Orchid," council member Ronit Bryant said of the three-story town homes homes at Dana and Calderon. "I live close by and it annoys me everyday and I know it annoys my neighbors too."

"It is nice to have a project that will be ownership," said council member John McAlister. "It balances out all the apartments" in the city.

Bryant said that more attention needed to be paid to connecting such developments to nearby trails. The Permanente Creek Trail is nearby, but access requires walking on a very busy and "amazingly unattractive" portion of Old Middlefield Way, Bryant said.

"When we have a trail so close to development there should be some thought given to a connection," Bryant said.

The developers said they worked with an auto shop just south of the site to build structures at the shop to reduce noise from their air-powered tools. There will also be an eight-foot tall sound wall along the southern edge of the site.

A neighbor complained about noise from early morning trucks making pickups or deliveries to a warehouse south of the site. "I'd gladly see that go somewhere else where there's more room for that kind of stuff," he said.

The project features solar panels and all electric appliances. No gas lines are planned for the homes.


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Posted by 968more
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I just love how the City of Mountain View keeps building housing only for the fairly well off, of course all those Google staff. I hate that all those companies are here. It has completely ruined the nice quite beautiful old town that Mountain View was. The rents are so out of reach and so is wanting to buy a house.

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Posted by konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Most people who live in Mountain View do not work in Mountain View (Google, etc.) We bought a home here in 1975 because the location was much more convenient than San Jose where we lived, even though neither of us worked in Mountain View. It was a stretch for us to buy a home with a price twice what we had paid in San Jose just two years prior. Our home price increased by 10 times before there was a Google, so Google is not the cause of all of the price increases. Supply and demand drives prices and Mountain View, while far from perfect, has a lot going for it.

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Posted by LoveYourDNA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I agree, 968! I live in one of the last old community-feel complexes left in Mt. View. The developers bulldozers would be ripping it down today if they had their way, and I fear that day is coming sooner rather than later!

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

New residences help everyone, not just the rich. It's basic economics.

Let's say Jim, who has a well-paying job, is moving to Mountain View. If the 33 units mentioned in the article are ready, he might buy one of them. If the 33 units had not been built, he would fight with everyone else for one of the existing homes, driving up the prices in the rest of the market. In doing so, Jim would price out Joe, who has slightly less money than Jim. Joe would then have to look for homes in a lower price bracket and raising prices in it by competing with Sam, who has slightly less money than Joe. And so on, all the way down to the bottom of the market.

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Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:06 am

Greg David is a registered user.

What's the bedroom to parking space ratio of this new development?

I'm guessing not enough.....

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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

"New residences help everyone, not just the rich. It's basic economics."

Yeah, really? How, by fighting for the last available jobs we have.

They come here and make this place look like the slums of India. Overcrowding is not what the average Mt. View Citizen wants. Oversaturation will make this a slum.

But I guess for some people, that would make them feel more like they were in their homeland.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

The homes are nice, followed this project in the planning stages, well designed. 33 homes built vs open land outside the bay area, I am for building but i am also for farmland.

You can find people sharing a small unit in large numbers but nothing like the overcrowding I have seen elsewhere.

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Posted by MV Mama
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

33 new homes for sale balances out the hundred and hundreds of apartments the council has Ok'd this year? Sure. Keep patting yourselves on the back city council.

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Posted by Josh Handel
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Fantastic project! Building as many new residences as possible keeps the prices of older homes as stable as they can be in this extremely desirable area. Building inside our existing urban footprint protects farmland/parkland, and people living closer to their jobs keeps commute times down. People who object to building are living in a fantasyland where the bay area isn't the most desirable metro in the country... The economy is booming, so these houses are going to be built somewhere - the only question is where. If they're not put here where people work, they'll be put out in Morgan Hill, Tracy, or Brentwood and some poor sap will have to drive an hour and a half to get to his job.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Slater
on Nov 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

People who think that they can build enough housing to satisfy demand without ruining the city of Mounatin View in the process are the ones living in Fantasyland. Doubling the population will foul up this pleasant place to live so bad that their prized company may up and leave when all the streets are gridlocked due to overpopulation and overbuilding. Google chose to locate in MV for a reason but what happens when you erase those reasons in a mad poorly planned dash to satisfy the need for housing.

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