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Housing groups get a break in restoring old homes

Original post made on Feb 7, 2012

With a few changes to city codes, the City Council is encouraging historic preservation and potentially saving the 19 households of the city's first co-housing project as much as $664,000 in fees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 11:26 AM

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Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Sounds like a bunch of swingers are looking for a break from the city while the rest of us have to wait in line and pay our fees.

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Posted by Susan Burwen
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I think some key information about the farmhouse was not mentioned in this article. Saving the farmhouse will cost about three quarters of a million dollars. If the entire cost for saving and rehabilitating the farmhouse was passed on to the future residents of the Mountain View Cohousing Community, it would add almost $40,000 to the price of each home, which would be beyond the means of many of these residents. Saving this farmhouse was considered a priority by the Community Development staff and the City Council, since preservation of historic resources benefits the City of Mountain View. The future residents of the Mountain View Cohousing Community look forward to sharing this historic resource with the Old Mountain View neighborhood.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

So you are suggesting that this is just a shell game then? The council just changes city codes to help this sweetheart project and deal along? Yeah, right. This is more about saving each investor $35,000. The farmhouse was supposedly part of the original plan. Cost were supposedly factored in. So now who will own the farmhouse?

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Posted by MVer
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Susan - don't worry about the naysayers and conspiracy theorists lurking around these message boards. It's great that the Habitat and Co-Housing projects came along to finally push the City into offering developers some real incentives towards historic preservation. Mountain View is fortunate to have private property owners willing to spend the extra time and money to preserve our historic landmarks. Offering some exemptions from park and affordable housing fees seems like a very fair trade for the public benefit provided by preservation of City landmarks. These structures are irreplaceable and add so much to the character of Old Mountain View. Thank you for working to restore one of them!

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

That's right. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

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Posted by Le Dude
a resident of Gemello
on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

A bunch of crazy old white people (formerly hippies) at it again.

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

this makes me livid! So MY tax dollars are going to line the pockets of those fortunate enough to already have their sweet nest egg already in place? They have many housing options.

This is an outrageous use of public money. We should be helping the have-nots and not the haves!

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