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New seven-story housing complex proposed in East Whisman

Original post made on Aug 3, 2022

Though massive by historical Mountain View standards, city planning officials say the proposal is zoning-compliant and consistent with the city’s vision for the largely undeveloped East Whisman area.

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Posted by Yonatan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 3, 2022 at 7:57 am

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Beautiful.
Lets fast track approval and get it built. No more waiting 10 years to get through the process.


Posted by Bernie Brightman
a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 3, 2022 at 8:28 am

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Let's do it, but in the Cuesta Park neighborhood. How does that sound? Is it fair that one neighborhood is constantly dumped on while others don't do their part?


Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2022 at 1:52 pm

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If you consider replacing old industrial buildings with shiny new ones to be "dumping."

My only complaint about this project is that it's not tall enough!


Posted by Yonatan
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 3, 2022 at 8:35 pm

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Let put new housing in all of the neighborhoods!
Also, yeah the Cuesta Park Annex is NIMBY Nonsense.


Posted by Steve
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 7:47 am

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They need to build at Cooper Park. Save Cooper Park !! Ridiculous. Cuesta Annex....build on it. That land is doing nothing. If you want open space drive 10 mins to Los Altos Hills plenty of entrance pints to Rancho San Antonio trails. Cuesta residents just want a place they don't have to bend over to pick up dog crap.


Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 8:19 am

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Great idea! And while we’re at it, let’s pave over Cuesta Park itself, and also Rengstorff Park too. Parks and open space are so last century. Just think of all the apartments that could be built there instead!


Posted by jordydog1
a resident of Slater
on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:38 pm

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The Cuesta Park Annex is nothing more than an underused, glorified empty lot and would be an excellent place for housing. Far better than the current plan to shoehorn Soviet-style housing blocs into every inch of an already overcrowded area that has virtually no green space.


Posted by Concerned
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:02 pm

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So sad to see Mountain View being destroyed with a young transient workforce living in studio apartments establishing no roots in Mountain View. They get Google on their resume and move on. Why are we enabling this!


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 8, 2022 at 8:15 pm

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i guess Leslie must have a dog (The Annex is a nice dog run)

YIMBY Cuesta Parkers know that The Annex would be an excellent place for some BMR (lower-income) housing built inexpensively with modern-modular multi-story technology. Berkeley has done it, the Council and interested residents saw presentations (and a trailered-in unit) several years ago on this concept.

The Annex is walkable to schools, hospital, 2 shopping centers and bus lines.

The MVWSD could do it (small-small-scale) on 'just a bit' of their underutilized dirt lot in the "heretofore untouchable" Waverly Park area. [SAVECOOPERPARK.com here's talking with you / if Any YIMBY exist in that suburban-scape]

JPA - Joint Powers Authority: MVWSD - MVLA - Hospital District - City of MV


Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 11, 2022 at 3:41 pm

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@Steven, thanks for your interest, but no I don’t own a dog. I have only walked on the Cuesta park annex once or twice. I am a huge fan of nature and greenspaces however. It saddens me when I see Yimbys advocating against the funding of new schools and parks, now we can see some of them actually calling for the DESTRUCTION of existing open spaces while they lobby to increase the population by 40%. I love both children and dogs, however, so I abhor Yimby advocacy to defund schools and parks by appearing at city council meetings to plead that developer fees levied to pay for these city services pose a “hardship” to developers. If the population grows by 40%, additional parks will be needed so that existing spaces are not overwhelmed. Enhancing the Annex as an extension of Cuesta Park would be an excellent solution. Man does not live by bread alone, and he does not live by housing alone either. Do you know how important parks are to those on the lowest ranks of the economic ladder? And where is the guarantee that any more than 12% of the units would be “affordable”? History shows that the lion’s share of units would be expensive, market rate units that would sell for a pretty penny because they are so close to beautiful Cuesta Park.


Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:25 pm

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This 7 story residential project is smack dab in the middle of an office park area which has experienced quite a bit of recent development and which is poised to see still more new office growth. That's the difference from the Cuesta Annex. Put the housing by the jobs, one would think. Not only that but the area is well served by nearby Highway 237, Highway 85 and Central Expressway. Many of the new residents will be commuting along those high capacity roadways. Beside that, there is this very expensive high capacity light rail line running by the area is well. VTA sorely needs SOMEONE to make use of this light rail line because no one is doing that now!

Not all locations are equally well connected. History shows that more Moountain View residents have jobs outside the city than do have jobs in the ample office development. This fact is likely to continue, so such new housing needs to provide service for commuters getting to their jobs outside Mountain View.

If the myth that the people will both live and work in Mountain View pervades, consider how very difficult it would be for workers in the MiddleField Whisman office complexes to get home to a residence at Cuesta Park! There's not only no public transit, but the roads in between are second rate for commuting and they are already well loaded. Why put the houses at Cuesta Park? I see zero reason to favor that site. You'd really need to allow office development in the Cuesta Park area to have it begin to compete with Middlefield-Whisman like this.

The local ELementary Schools south of El Camino Real are also overloaded, even though there are proportionately more spots in that small part of the city for students now.


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