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City unveils wishful vision for North Bayshore gateway site

Original post made on Nov 8, 2019

The city of Mountain View is drafting plans for a vibrant, dense hub for the "gateway" into North Bayshore, designed to attract local and visiting residents with a rich mix of housing, offices, a hotel, open space and retail services.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 8, 2019, 1:47 PM

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Posted by Bored M
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 8, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Why car-lite? Will everyone living in these 1700-2000 housing units work and stay around North Bayshore? They'll never have to go to Monte Loma (or farther) for baseball or the YMCA on Grant for youth basketball? All those after school programs like sports and language lessons in North Bayshore will be so good that no families will want to cross 101?

And even if a renter is single, will going out to the local pub and seeing everyone you work with always be an appealing option? I guess car-sharing will solve all this.

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Dan Waylonis is a registered user.

I suspect the best plan would be for the city to let the developers, who are not idiots, provide the best return for their efforts. Stop pushing grandiose "city planner" dreams. Zone the area for mixed residential, retail, and office and see what happens.

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Posted by Boomer
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Nov 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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Posted by NBS resident
a resident of North Bayshore
on Nov 10, 2019 at 10:55 am

It is interesting to see that the City Council did not discuss any of this with the residents that live in the area.

The council is not fanatic planners as proven by their past efforts. And the choice not to include the residents in the discussion is unacceptable. They hold study sessions and a few platforms to give brief comments (which are always ignored) at times when no person with a job and family can actually attend. They never actual reach out. Their outreach has been an F+ at best.

Their is already a parking problem for the citizens in NBS. The council members have been told this many times in meetings and in person. The current council has no members actually living in the NBS, has not done actual outreach to the residents, and is not making decisions that improve our neighborhood. It is time they stop imposing their ideas on neighborhoods they know nothing about while rlignoring those who live here.

This is all a charade. Just wait until they discuss "community benefits" by deciding what NBS needs from across the highway. There is a really good neighborhood association they could work with. I've been to a couple meetings and they do better outreach about what is happening in the area than City Hall could dream of doing. That says a lot about where council's heart truly is...

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Posted by That MV Guy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

"Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga defended the idea of the city stepping in to create a vision for the gateway project, and said the redevelopment of San Antonio -- while not perfect -- was a vast improvement over the old shopping center dominated by Sears and Burger King."

Oh, sure....if you like dark and cold concrete, glass and steel canyons. I lived across the street fro there for years, and how I miss the old bright and sunny shopping center we had. That was a nice open-air mall, sacrificed only to bring Walmart in. Very sad, very poorly planned. Most people hate it.

Be careful what you build and where, because that open space will never come back again.

Do not care what Google wants. This is the people's town still, not theirs, despite their attempts to buy it all up. If they don't like it, then don't build, period. Show some backbone to developers for a NOT back down.

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