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Neighbors divided over Mountain View's bid to convert hotel to homeless housing

Original post made on Feb 19, 2021

It wasn't long after the city of Mountain View announced its intent to convert a hotel into homeless housing that the petitions started circulating, each taking a hard stance for and against the nascent proposal.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 19, 2021, 1:49 PM

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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm

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The Crestview Hotel conversion for transitional housing is in very early stages (below is a link to the City press release two weeks ago) and hasn't even begun the community-outreach phase I have experienced with others. Which might well reassure the nervousness of a few vocally negative nearby homeowners if they would (like others before them) wait to learn more about it before reacting.

Even before the City press release cited below, zealous opposition appeared on local social media promoting the anti-project petition cited in this article, on the explicit ground that it "will result in a 10% devaluation of our homes, at least," a claim whose author would not answer requests for its basis (from either Kevin Forestieri or me) and who later replaced that pitch with others downplaying the original "home-value" argument. But his was never the view of all neighbors to the Crestview Hotel; another nearby neighbor launched the pro-project petition cited above.

When a related homeless-support project got started in my own neighborhood a few years ago -- the one cited by Joe Simitian in the article -- I didn't see such resistance from any small vocal group of homeowners. Organizers went to local neighborhood meetings, carefully explained the project, its experienced management, the qualifying of users via referrals, County official to be on call in case of any complaints, etc. This helped a lot with community relations. Perhaps those so initially anxious about the "valuation of our homes" near the Crestview will reconsider once they, too, learn more.

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Posted by DavidM
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2021 at 3:22 pm

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More details would be nice, but since the link to the Jan 26 council report goes nowhere, "For additional information, view the Jan. 26 Council Report.", it's hard to weigh in on this.

Posted by Lucas Ramirez
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2021 at 4:58 pm

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@DavidM - in case it is helpful, here's the link to the Jan 26 Council report: Web Link


Posted by BobbyHatfield
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 23, 2021 at 12:38 pm

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Thank you, great article

Posted by Dori Myer
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 1, 2021 at 1:14 pm

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The irony is that if this remains a hotel (or is sold to a new owner), there are no background checks or oversight about who stays there. Pedophiles, drug addicts, and all the other boogeymen could have been staying at the hotel in the past (and even more likely at the Der Ghan Motel across the street), but nobody seems to mind that. People opposing this have lost sight that new residents are humans and there will probably be more care taken to vet these tenants than any other privately owned residence in the area. There is absolutely no indication that this will lead to more crime and danger, and I appreciated the 3/30 Zoom meeting, where the city and county representatives explained project details with transparency and calm in the face of some outrageous statements. Not every piece of minutiae will be known right now, but that doesn't stop all of the high-end developments from getting approved (which are arguably worse for our community. And by the way did you know rich people do drugs, too?). Please share your support with Council.

Posted by Jesse H
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 1, 2021 at 11:27 pm

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I've lived across the street from this hotel for a decade. It's been owned by at least 3 different companies in that time - it's clearly not profitable. Let's use it to house people! If MV folks don't want RVs clogging up their neighborhood streets, this is a solid solution.

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