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Shenandoah military housing site eyed for school, affordable housing

Original post made on Nov 8, 2019

Mountain View's city leaders are beginning to lay the groundwork for transforming 17 acres of federally owned land into a high school, a park and an affordable housing complex.

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Posted by Ok
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 8, 2019 at 11:45 am

“in a prime location in Mountain View and ripe for public uses like affordable housing”
Yes, affordable housing can only be built in prime location. LOL

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Posted by Bored M
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 8, 2019 at 1:08 pm

17 acres at market rate should be around $325M, right? And that's just for land without any development. That sounds like an AWFUL place to put affordable housing or a new school.

Even if you use eminent domain rights you'll still need to pay a market rate.

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Posted by Mountain View Neighbor
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 8, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Mountain View Neighbor is a registered user.

The city should take a lesson from San Francisco and make the entire thing into a park. Period.

We don’t need to create more housing in Moutnaon Virw for commuters to other cities.

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 8, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Great opportunity to build UP, maybe a five-story condo complex with two to three stories of underground parking. Close to 85 & 101, a perfect commute location within walking distance of Google and Microsoft/Linkedin. Of course, it would also make a great RV park for the homeless or just a park or even a another campus for Harker or Castilleja. Whatever is chosen, I am sure it will be opposed.

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Posted by Vince
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

How about we not displace military and government employees that have to work in and around moffet field. There are some government employees that are GS5 which is $30,000/yr. Even those that are GS7 they only earn about $50,000/yr.

That doesnt include the active duty families that are often living on a similar amount/single household income due to how often they have to move. Most military spouses are underemployed or unemployed even with experience/college degree. Most active duty personnel don't volunteer to be stationed here, and they shouldn't face a financial hardship due to the tour.

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Posted by They play games, we play games
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 9, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Please cite your source for $19M/acre being the going rate in MTV ($325M/17acres).

Tell the army and any prospective developers that the land will not be rezoned.

6 people like this
Posted by That MV Guy
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

Park, school, more high density housing.....A long way from the military antenna farm that sat there in the 1960s when I was a child.

When you dream up your plans, just keep in mind that the Hetch-Hetchy aquaduct AND several high pressure gas lines (Google "San Bruno fire"...same gas line) run under the portion near the intersection of those two main streets.

That corner of the site currently has a large, unused parking lot formerly used by a temporary library while a new one was being built, so let some homeless people park their motor homes there, a site where local homeowners have nothing to complain about. That's forward thinking, sine you cannot build permanent structures on that part of the land anyway.

HELP the people who need help. Don't chase them out of town, as is being done today. Act like human beings, for God's sake.

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Posted by Building Up
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm

How about building a 2-story high school on the bottom, with underground parking and 18 more stories with a mix of affordable units and market rate units up top, finished off with a rooftop park.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Nov 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

Yes why not more high density in this neighborhood. If you look at the current approved units in our area, this is a very stupid idea. Let’s first see how the perfect storm (too much traffic) on Middlefield works out after everything is build. Most days Middlefield is way past capacity and the rest of our fair city wants to dump more on us. This area has very little services (grocery store etc).

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Posted by Ok
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Nov 13, 2019 at 5:52 pm

Resident, 0K boomer

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