After nearly a month of negotiations, Google and SyWest are calling it quits on attempting to work together on developing the North Bayshore gateway site. Representatives from the two companies informed Mountain View officials last week that they were unable to reach a compromise on their conflicting building plans.
This means it will now fall to the Mountain View City Council to figure out how to develop the area near the Century Cinema theaters. In an idea proposed by Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, the council stipulated that if negotiations failed, the city would draft its own master plan outlining what should be developed in the area.
Google and SyWest each own about half of the 30 acres that comprise the gateway property along Shoreline Boulevard. SyWest officials want to go it alone, developing their 16-acre portion into about 740 residential units, 880,000 square feet of offices and a new hotel, theater and shops. In contrast, Google officials want the entire property to be blended into larger plans for North Bayshore, building 1,200 homes and developing 275,000 square feet of office space at the gateway site.
City Council members declined to endorse either of the companies' plans during a review last month. Any new master plan compiled by city staff would eventually be brought before the City Council for approval.