Council to consider office and hotel proposals for "Moffett Gateway" site


Mountain View may have a housing shortage, but on Tuesday the City Council is going to begin considering several proposals for office and hotel development on 6.7 acres of city-owned land.

There is no lack of interest from developers for the site at 750 Moffett Blvd., bordered by Highway 101 and the Stevens Creek Trail, where the city could see new buildings up to four stories tall.

With a goal of raising money for city services, the City Council decided in November to request proposals for office and hotel use for the site, bought from the county for $9.5 million several years ago. The city received 12 proposals from developers, none of them with housing. On Tuesday, the top four proposals will be presented.

Developers in the running include: Broadreach Capital Partners of San Francisco; Hines Interests LP of Houston; R.D. Olson Development of Irvine; and T2 Hospitality of Newport Beach. Texas-based Huntington Hotel Group withdrew its application and is no longer part of the top five.

Proposals include hotel buildings with 125 to 400 rooms, up to 5,000 square feet of retail and two include office buildings of 135,000 to 225,000 square feet, which is room for 625 to 2,250 office employees, calculated at 100 to 200 square feet per employee.

"All the development concepts include either mixed hotel and office uses or a hotel" by itself, said Alex Andrade, the city's economic development director.

"The intent was always to market the site as a revenue generation strategy," Andrade said, explaining why the council passed on an opportunity to meet demand for housing on the site, potentially requiring that it be reasonably priced.

City officials previously reported that the site could have between 150,000 and 300,000 square feet of office space, but a closer look at the city's general plan revealed that the limit would likely be 225,000 square feet. The general plan limits buildings to four stories and a 1.85 floor area ratio, 0.5 of which is allowed for office space.

Andrade and communications director Shonda Ranson withheld details of the proposals, with Andrade saying, "it's not public information mostly because council has not had an opportunity to negotiate (with the developers)."

The details of the proposals will be presented to the public in the first hour of the June 10 closed session about the property at 4:30 p,m., before the council begins closed-door negotiations.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, 500 Castro St.


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Well, we do need more hotels in Mountain View. When people visit me for work or pleasure, they often report not being able to find rooms. I wonder how they will set up car and pedestrian access to this area. It looks like it might be tricky.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Configuring car and pedestrian access should not be difficult, it's probably the least of their challenges.

There's already a stop light for the Moffett Blvd exit ramp from SB US-101. That's where you'd put the complex's main driveway. As a matter of fact, there's already a dirt road there, plus marked crosswalks for pedestrians as well as a paved sidewalk on both sides.

There are both cyclists and pedestrians who walk along Moffett Boulevard to NASA Ames anyhow; there are bike lanes on Moffett Boulevard. The south side of the site is about 500 feet to the access point to the Stevens Creek Trail (at the Moffett Blvd Hwy 85 exit). This trail path was heavily used before the bike overpass was built.

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Posted by SB
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jun 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Doesn't the City own's Housing Element recommend using City Property for building Affordable Housing?

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Posted by pr
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hey SB, No one wants to live next to the freeway - really would you? - so if it has to be offices - Why not build a lot higher than 4 stories. Look at what Palo Alto built on the old Whiskeytown gateway to EPA (Huge law offices and a huge hotel, gotta be 20 ? stories high). This is an area away from residences and we are fast running out of space in MV. What an incredible waste of space to limit it to only 4 stories - MV planners appear to be amateurs.

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Posted by Fran
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

No more office blocks in My neighborhood PLEASE. They are going up all over Nirth Whisman and Wagom Wheel neighborhoods with no consideration for the the Enviromental impact on this quarter of the City. The Cuty staff admitted they study impacts only on each individual project or City wide which is remiss into opinion, since we have multiple very large projects in development concentrated in this are.

What happed to the Google hotel project? We do need more high end hotels and they provide service jobs. The site is well situated on the bike route to North Bay. Traffic will be huge deal. My neighborhood exit has been impacted dramatically in the past 2 years so we do need a realistic study on the traffic impact and please no more office blocks and ground level parking lots concreting over our tree friendly City!

Finally, the City gave been 'cleaning' the top soil of contaminates which I assume means the dreaded TCE over there. Won't any development face the challenge of toxic fumes? Will the City sell or lease the land. If leased, will we as a City be liable for any toxic intrusions ?

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Slater
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

Robert is a registered user.

Perhaps it's just a matter of symantics, but how can the city negotiate for something without first getting public input?

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm

It's probably easier for the city to negotiate first with developers, as council members are also residents as well. It makes more sense for the city to vet and narrow down reasonable proposals for the public to comment upon.

By the way, the word is spelled "semantics."

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Posted by incognito
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm

"With a goal of raising money for city services...."

I wonder if this means money for services that will benefit all MV residents? Or money for city employee pensions?

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Posted by Mtn, Man
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

There are already three hotels in this area from Central Blvd to 101 why do we need one more large hotel here. Put a hotel over off of Shoreline near Google where it makes more sense. The City is not hurting for revenue like it was a few years ago. I agree with adding housing and a new sports field (soccer, baseball, softball) with a connection to Stevens Creek trail. Being a father of two and having the kids involved in sports we are constantly looking for fields to play on. The City is short on playing fields and housing. I would like the City Council to reconsider the idea of building a hotel and office space at this location. Why not get proposals on new playing fields and new housing for the people who have to commute into Mountain View.

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Posted by Lenny Siegel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The TCE on this property appears to come from a sewer line that transits the site. It will require cleanup, and the new buildings should be designed to resist vapor intrusion. But sampling thus far suggests that contamination is limited to a narrow band - along the sewer line. So both remediation and mitigation won't be that difficult.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Well it looks like the Burrowing Owls are no longer a problem. Let the development begin!

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