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A farm no more, houses spring up

Original post made on Jan 6, 2011

The beloved pumpkin patch and farm on Grant Road is long gone and a new 53-unit housing development there is starting to take shape. It's also caused an unusual situation where some neighbors were given free land to extend their driveways and front yards.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 6, 2011, 10:46 AM

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Posted by tommygee54
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

This housing is going to create a larger traffic jam on Grant Rd. The traffic is already bad around 2pm onward. Now it will be worse. The powers that be say it won't be so, but it will be so...

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

There goes the neighborhood. I will miss this spot as the place I've purchased pumpkins to Christmas trees. Good thing the economy says these homes will sell fast.

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Posted by letsgetreal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

UGH!!! what more can you say?

horrible traffic will get WORSE!!

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Posted by ted
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I think it's fantastic these houses are being built.....what better way to collect more property taxes to fund our city's generous pension obligations!

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

You said it Ted.

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Posted by Proud Sierra Club Member
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

The density is not adequate for today's housing needs. These are small mansions! Another missed opportunity.

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Posted by mv resident wannabe
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2011 at 1:39 am

The density is perfect to match what's already in that neighborhood. For once, MV is not putting large houses on postage stamp size lots!!! I just wish we could afford to move back to MV!!!!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

1. glad to see they didn't chop down the heritage oaks on Levin! what a pleasant surprise.

2. why do the artist's renderings noticeably lack any traffic on Grant and the presence of traffic lights on the Grant Road street corner?

3. do you suppose the concrete walls will really be mostly hidden by landscaping and trees, like in the artist's rendering, or do you think it will look like....a big concrete wall?

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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

I will miss the pumpkin patch immensely (I live just a few blocks away), but the traffic concerns are silly. Currently Levin dumps onto Grant in a 'T' with no light. Turning left INTO the signaled intersection is a nightmare most of the time. Levin will cross at the light into Covington, making the whole thing less of a mess. There are not enough new homes to really impact an already crowded street that is MOSTLY impacted by the preschool, and access to 85, Foothill expwy, and all the other stuff that clusters around that area. These few homes accessing a signaled intersection are not going to change that much. And thank goodness it is NOT the high density nightmare that someone above suggested. That WOULD have overly burdened the area.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

Increasing the density for this development would have placed it out of character with the rest of the neighborhood, and assuming its zoned R1 Residential, single family homes is about all that can be built there anyways.

In addition, higher density housing makes sense close to large traffic corridors and/or mass transit, neither of which is present in this location.

The mantra of higher density without strategic thought on how to integrate it to achieve a sustainable, local community will cause more problems than it solves in the long run.

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