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County approves purchase of land in Mountain View for 100 affordable units

The La Avenida Apartments will be in the North Bayshore Precise Plan

The project on La Avenida Street will benefit from the $950 million Measure A bond. Rendering courtesy of Eden Housing.

A North Bayshore property is one step closer to becoming a 100-unit affordable housing project that will provide veterans, low-income individuals and people with disabilities a stable place to live in Mountain View.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Sept. 14 to approve the purchase of the Mountain View property to develop the affordable housing project, called the La Avenida Apartments.

Located at 1100 La Avenida Avenue within the North Bayshore Precise Plan, the site is currently developed with two industrial buildings that will be demolished and replaced with the four story affordable housing project.

“It helps everybody when we’re able to help folks get off the streets,” said Fifth District Supervisor Joe Simitian in a statement. “By providing safe, stable, and affordable housing, we can help folks get themselves to a better place, and create a sense of community.”

In addition to two manager units, seven apartments will be set aside as permanent supportive housing units for individuals and families with disabilities, 25 apartments will be set aside for homeless veterans and the remaining 66 apartments will be affordable to lower-income households, including those with children, according to the statement.

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“The city is proud to partner with the county and Eden Housing to deliver La Avenida Apartments, which will be among the first 2016 Measure A funded projects completed in Mountain View,” said Mountain View Mayor Lucas Ramirez in the statement.

The city entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this year with Santa Clara County to allow Measure A Affordable Housing Bond funds – the result of a 2016 countywide ballot measure – to be used for affordable housing development in Mountain View. Many of those units will come with supportive services, the statement said, through a partnership with the county’s Office of Supportive Housing.

“Our MOU with the City is paving the way for the delivery of hundreds of units, and is another great example of government at various levels working collaboratively with good results,” Simitian said in the statement.

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County approves purchase of land in Mountain View for 100 affordable units

The La Avenida Apartments will be in the North Bayshore Precise Plan

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Wed, Sep 14, 2022, 3:40 pm

A North Bayshore property is one step closer to becoming a 100-unit affordable housing project that will provide veterans, low-income individuals and people with disabilities a stable place to live in Mountain View.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Sept. 14 to approve the purchase of the Mountain View property to develop the affordable housing project, called the La Avenida Apartments.

Located at 1100 La Avenida Avenue within the North Bayshore Precise Plan, the site is currently developed with two industrial buildings that will be demolished and replaced with the four story affordable housing project.

“It helps everybody when we’re able to help folks get off the streets,” said Fifth District Supervisor Joe Simitian in a statement. “By providing safe, stable, and affordable housing, we can help folks get themselves to a better place, and create a sense of community.”

In addition to two manager units, seven apartments will be set aside as permanent supportive housing units for individuals and families with disabilities, 25 apartments will be set aside for homeless veterans and the remaining 66 apartments will be affordable to lower-income households, including those with children, according to the statement.

“The city is proud to partner with the county and Eden Housing to deliver La Avenida Apartments, which will be among the first 2016 Measure A funded projects completed in Mountain View,” said Mountain View Mayor Lucas Ramirez in the statement.

The city entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this year with Santa Clara County to allow Measure A Affordable Housing Bond funds – the result of a 2016 countywide ballot measure – to be used for affordable housing development in Mountain View. Many of those units will come with supportive services, the statement said, through a partnership with the county’s Office of Supportive Housing.

“Our MOU with the City is paving the way for the delivery of hundreds of units, and is another great example of government at various levels working collaboratively with good results,” Simitian said in the statement.

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Dan Waylonis
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Jackson Park
on Sep 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm
Dan Waylonis, Jackson Park
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on Sep 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm
DrJKL
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North Bayshore
on Sep 16, 2022 at 1:16 pm
DrJKL, North Bayshore
Registered user
on Sep 16, 2022 at 1:16 pm

As a future neighbor of these new North Bayshore residents, I'm very excited to see this project make more progress.


Polomom
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Waverly Park
on Sep 18, 2022 at 11:18 am
Polomom, Waverly Park
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2022 at 11:18 am

While we need these developments, are we also developing plans how to get these residents to shopping centers? The kids to local schools? This location just like the Alta development on Terra Bella is tucked away. I cannot see the disabled veteran on a bike running his/her errands.


Probably74
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm
Probably74, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Sep 19, 2022 at 5:49 pm

@Polomom, I agree. It's isolating the residents even more and making them invisible. Having a roof over their heads is necessary and admirable but removing them from the community by housing them out there, over the long stretch of freeway doesn't provide a sense of inclusion.


Frank Richards
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 19, 2022 at 7:06 pm
Frank Richards, Cuesta Park
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on Sep 19, 2022 at 7:06 pm

Probably74 and Polomom make some great points. Although North Bayshore will be developed into a vibrant multi-use area, what about today? The city should build additional dense, low-income housing in high resource areas south of El Camino, like Cuesta Park and Waverly Park. The Cuesta Park annex would be great!


Polomom
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Waverly Park
on Sep 20, 2022 at 3:05 pm
Polomom, Waverly Park
Registered user
on Sep 20, 2022 at 3:05 pm

@Frank Richards: Cuesta Annex is the most underutilized city property. Expensive dog park. Wildlife disappeared with off leash dogs. Trees are dying of age and the drought. This would be the best choice for affordable housing, schools, a bus line, shopping and a hospital near by. That is where you want to house our vulnerable population. Not a storage place on Terra Bella.


father of 3 sons
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 23, 2022 at 11:30 am
father of 3 sons, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2022 at 11:30 am

@Polomom. Yes, QPA (Questa Park Annex) is the least resistance, best placed publicly owned land for this type of development. OH MY / I don't mean least resistant neighbors! Just in terms of vacant land/right price/ right place (If next to the existing large parking lot).

- And, in Waverly Park the bare and dusty site for teachers / school aides / hospital workers in the underused publicly owned Cooper School site (MVWSD). OH MY / I don't mean least resistant neighbors! Just in terms of vacant land/right price / right place (few blocks from Imai School, El Camino Hospital, & public transit bus lines). :)

YIMBY decreases MV residential segregation


father of 3 sons
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Sep 23, 2022 at 11:35 am
father of 3 sons, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Sep 23, 2022 at 11:35 am

What is worse - MV solution of North Bayshore (before 'all the rest is in') or PA solution of out toward the Baylands 'next to the water treatment' plant (sewage smells anyone?)

PA vs. MV, We Win.


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