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Mountain View City Council scraps downtown parking to build 120 affordable apartments

Original post made on Aug 25, 2021

A long surface parking lot next door to Mountain View City Hall will be replaced with apartments for low-income families, after Mountain View City Council members voted to develop the land into an affordable housing complex.

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Posted by laurasheaclark
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2021 at 4:21 pm

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The farmer's market is a smaller concern compared to huge loss of parking for those who attend performances at the MV Performing Arts Center, as well as Library customers and staff. Library customers and staff park in this lot every day since the other parking lots and garages fill up. What is the plan for these parking needs?

Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm

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That's great news! Thanks, Council members!

Posted by Seth Neumann
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 25, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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So if I understand this correctly, we're going to spend $114 Million to build 120 units of "Affordable" housing? Who is paying for this and in what world is $1M per unit (by the time it actually gets built, if ever) of "affordable" housing affordable? Wouldn't be a lot cheaper to develop a community in the central valley and induce some Silicon Valley company to hire people there? This doesn't seem to pencil out even for market rate housing! Let's attack the demand side and not approve any more office space until the housing market equilibrates

Posted by Activist Socialist
a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 25, 2021 at 10:27 pm

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Excellent news. The solution to parking is to increase density and improve public transit. No one should have to drive to get downtown.

Posted by Randy Guelph
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 25, 2021 at 10:47 pm

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Seth, you have a wonderful opportunity to lead by example! Start that community in the Central Valley, and show everyone how great it is to live there! I'm definitely rooting for you.

Posted by Maria
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2021 at 8:22 am

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This is great! I live right next to this and got the development proposal for the parking garage and thought it was a terrible idea. Bryant already has parking garages and they are loud, bad for the environment, and encourage driving. If we are low and parking we need to start charging for parking. Housing is much more important. My only complaint is the project should be bigger, it's a great location. Very easy to live car free.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:04 am

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no comment to this Council / 'cause I pretty much could tell which way the wind was blowing. We now have a Council that in-the-main is pro housing development By THEIR VOTE. In particular they are tending to much more "affordable" than previous Councils.

@Seth - yes it does seem to 'cost a lot'. I'd totally agree with you - Council now needs to VOTE NO on some, most, all? new office development. We have enought high-tech, high pay jobs. Update SQF to SQF redevelopment of office space - but no addition of office space. (IMO)

Posted by robstar
a resident of Willowgate
on Aug 28, 2021 at 10:54 pm

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Posted by Scott Lamb
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 30, 2021 at 10:33 am

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Seth, this is a local language thing. Here "affordable" means "subsidized". The concept known elsewhere as "affordable" doesn't exist here, so we have no word for it.

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