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City could buy Castro Street properties

Original post made on Jan 22, 2010

The City Council considered the purchase of a quarter acre of prime real estate on Castro Street during a closed meeting Tuesday night.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 22, 2010, 11:28 AM

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Posted by Scott
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Bring back Der Wienerschnitzel!! Free chili on your dog for all MV residents with valid ID.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Why not! After all, the city sold the old Mtn View HS site, pissed the money away, then came begging for us to vote for school bonds to fix the old Awalt and older Los Altos campus. Yep, your money is "good" hands with these folks!

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Posted by Why now?
a resident of The Crossings
on Jan 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

After several failures, there's finally a very good, moderately successful restaurant in that spot - Bodrum. Why should the city buy the building now? I don't understand how messing with something good is "in line with the city's ongoing downtown redevelopment efforts." If it was the empty restaurant across California, I'd understand.

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Why doesn't the city do something about 'Food Street' restaurant which has been derelict for years now. As far as I know it is still closed? Maybe knock down Ron's farmhouse while they are at it.

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Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The crazy street alignment of California Street fronting the two properties has always bothered me. If the city does choose to buy both properties I hope they will realign the street, reducing the size of the properties.

As to whether the city should buy either or both properties, that depends on how successful the existing businesses are. I see no point in closing successful businesses just because the property might be cheap, and I see no reason why the city would benefit from being a landlord, especially if the businesses are not successful.

As to what the city could do with the properties, the time will come when it will be necessary to make a grade separated crossing with the railroad at Castro. (At that time, it would probably be a good idea to separate Central Expressway and Castro Street/Moffett Blvd also.) There is no simple way to do this, but having the two California Street properties would allow the city to consider a realignment of Castro over to Hope, either as a temporary arrangement during construction, e.g., a one-way loop on Hope to Villa to Castro and back to California, or as a permanent realignment, e.g., Hope could be the railroad grade separation over or under the transit center, with Castro dead-ending at the railroad tracks.

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Posted by letsgetreal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

does one of the council members own the property? I didn't know it was for sale!

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Posted by B.D.
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm

B.D. is a registered user.

Maybe that is where they would like to see the Shoreline Wellness Collective?

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Posted by Mr. Nice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 24, 2010 at 8:44 am

Der Wienersmictchel was a great place to eat, we need it back NOW.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

USA is a registered user.

1) A closed door meeting
2) to discuss spending money the city does not have
3) to buy property for which it is "not clear what the city would do with the property"


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Posted by becky
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I don't see why the city considers buying the property, unless the existing business is failing. Need more information. It would be nice to have a cheap-eats option like a Der Weinerschnitzel, or maybe an Ihop back on Castro. I also would be pleased if there came a classic soda fountain type of place like The Creamery, where my grandma used to take me for a patty melt or BLT. What is it for??

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