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Google submits plans to build 7,000 homes in North Bayshore, the largest project in city's history

Original post made on Feb 4, 2021

Google is poised to redevelop 120 acres of Mountain View into dense, urban neighborhoods packed with 7,000 new homes, next door to its headquarters and central offices.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 4, 2021, 10:54 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 4, 2021 at 2:18 pm

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Looks like a thoughtful plan that those involved have considered to be successful. It will be a shame when the MV planning and City Council start slashing and modifying so that it becomes an unworkable mess. We have all see that before. Many times.

Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 4, 2021 at 2:30 pm

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Thanks for including in your story considerations for the school(s) that will be needed over there to accommodate the new children in these developments. Too often we read about the developments without thinking through the full ramifications, like that new families will need new schools.

Posted by JustAWorkingStiff
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2021 at 4:31 pm

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Does any believe that they will disband the Rental Housing Committee (and the supporting bureaucracy) when rental vacancy rate exceeds 5%? (the 5% might be achieved when
increased supply reaches the market. I understand the rental vacancy rate in MV is more than 5% but they do not want to disband because of the pandemic)

At least that is how this was pitched.

"Nothing-is-so-permanent-as-a-temporary-government-program" - Milton Friedman (1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences)

Posted by chewie
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 4, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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This is a large plan. Were considerations made for soft structure construction and seismic considerations? The architecture looks raised above the ground like residence over the garage structures in SF. Are any of these high density structures built on landfill? Is it safe? The leaning Millenium tower was not built on bedrock and problems were found later. It was an obvious problem that greedy developers obviously ignored. Is it safe for living conditions near toxic plumes? It was a suitable location for a pharmaceutical company because there was a low level toxic nature of working in the lab. Is the land suitable now for living conditions? I agree that the area needs to be revitalized because some of the structures look like they were built in the 1970's when resources were low. The resulting construction was cheap and low quality.

Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of North Whisman
on Feb 5, 2021 at 11:29 am

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Are the years of bribes, oops, I mean donations, finally going to pay off in approval of this gargantuan plan? Really? We need 15-story buildings out there in the earthquake zone? Someone should look up the word hubris.

Posted by BDBD
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 5, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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This looks thoughtfully designed. I'm glad it includes some ownership housing and so many trails and public-access areas.

Posted by sonnyt650
a resident of Castro City
on Feb 7, 2021 at 8:35 am

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I'll list off several things that came to me in the last couple of minutes for which the city will need a plan:
* water
* sewer
* garbage
* power

Mountain View isn't a small town for which the resources I mentioned can be slowly grown over time, instead we've already got known requirements for serving the existing residents. True we can probably absorb the step increase resource demands of such a large development better than a small town, but it needs to be acknowledged that this development will have consequences. If you were here during the power deregulation brownouts or the severe droughts you are aware that these resources aren't boundless, and the more that's used the higher the costs for everyone. There is a sizable group of fixed-income residents of Mountain View who shouldn't be asked to foot a portion of the bill for this development, even when that cost is hidden among the already high costs of the area.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 8, 2021 at 8:36 am

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The School Board needs to not hold secret "real estate negotiations" on this project area (anymore). The limitations on this aspect (Public Policy of where and how much property) are required to be discussed by a school board in the clear, with public input and participation! The wording of the law (Ralph M. Brown Act) - only secret 'negotiations' over "the price and terms of payment" of a property that has been clearly designated by address or assessor's parcel number or such. Not 'the entire North Bayshore area', and not any other terms they wish to keep secret.

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