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News - December 6, 2013

Prometheus gets OK for apartments

Neighbors lose fight over parking for luxury units near train station

by Daniel DeBolt

The City Council on Tuesday approved a 184-unit luxury apartment project for one of the city's busiest intersections, despite outcry from neighbors who fear increased numbers of cars parking on their streets.

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Posted by Martin
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Finally some sanity:
"Changes to the parking standards should be "based on data instead of fear and conjecture," he said."

Especially after all the neighbors forced Madera to build extra parking which is now only 75% occupied despite full occupancy of the building.

Data seems to indicate that parking requirements could be further relaxed. Given the housing crunch, squeezing a few more units is a better use of land than saving it for a nonexisting car

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Posted by NotSmart
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Martin doesn't seem to understand that the parking in that area is worse now than before the project. It doesn't matter that the parking lot is ***only*** 75 percent full, according to the study paid for by the developer. A lot of residents prefer to park on the street because Prometheus typically builds dark, dingy and unsafe garages.
A good portion of Madera is corporate leased to google, who tends to only have either zero or one car per unit and the units are not always occupied. That is not a reasonable model for other developments and it doesn't guarantee that this model will continue. Prometheus may choose not to renew the leases with google in order to raise the rents sky-high. Then, you can expect two cars for each of those one bedroom units and an even worse downtown parking situation.

On the plus side, Prometheus will be making money hand over fist, so I guess that means it was a good decision for the city. Uh, what?

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Posted by Martin
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

I don't think the parking is worse. Many times a month, I need to spend a night in SF, so I park my car on Evelyn across from the Caltrain station overnight. Yes, that is about 1 block away from the apartment complex, but I can tell you that the ability to find parking right near the station (between 6pm - 10pm depending on which train I take) has not changed since the complex opened. Perhaps it's worse during the day or some other hours. Perhaps it's worse on View street or other streets near the complex. I don't need a developer study to tell that parking availability around the complex hasn't changed.

Plus, you really think people want to park their cars outside, so they can't walk to them in the cold or rain. Or come to them after they've been sitting in the sun?

Plus, at what point do we start requiring less cars in developments? Today, in 10 years, 50 years? Should we not start near train stations - particularly ones as well served as downtown MV?

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