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Minton's may get chopped

Original post made on Jan 22, 2009

On Jan. 27, the City Council will consider a plan to replace the city's oldest business with a high-density apartment complex.

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Posted by Lou
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm

We should not approve any more large-scale developments until the Mountain View Whisman School District works out their overcrowding problems.


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Posted by Steve Dodge
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 23, 2009 at 6:57 pm

They should not allow that area to become residential. There's plenty of homes and units in Mountain View area already, and more are already coming (Mayfield Mall site for one).

M. V. is becoming seriously devoid of industrial space, what with all the conversions of existing space to offices and/or homes/apartments, as happened to the entire Ellis street area, once a Mecca of manufacturing employment opportunities.

You can't draw DECENT PAYING businesses to town or keep existing services local if you don't provide anyone with an affordable place to set-up and run a business in the first place...

We're in a recession now. We need to create JOBS, not more luxury-priced homes.

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 24, 2009 at 7:28 am

There is a Minton's downtown? News to me. Then again, I've only lived here for 31 years. I do know where Home Depots are in Sunnyvale and EPA.

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Posted by Mike H.
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm

This is very sad. It is much nicer to do business at Mintons and the quality of the wood is usually better.

Support local business. Stop more high density housing.

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Posted by Joe F.
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

It will be a shame for the city to loose Minton's Lumber Co. I have been using Minton's since 1977, both professionally in my construction business, and Home projects.I love their staff, professionally they give everybit of help to their customers, they are service oriented.We don't need to drive to Home Depot!!! you have a real lumber company. This town is very lucky. If the city lets this company go you will regret what a real lumber company is. It's service and wood. minton's is ACES.

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Posted by Douglas H
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

When considering high density housing, think of how you want our city to be in ten years, more like Palo Alto or more like Los Angeles. Have to tried to find a parking space downtown on a typical weekday afternoon?

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Posted by JS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 26, 2009 at 9:59 pm

While Minton's has been a long-time Mtn. View business, its building, along with the adjacent structure to the south (the one with that odd little gym) and its parking lot are utter eyesores, relative to the rest of the neighborhood. And if the Minton people want out and to lease the land for something more profitable to them and visually appealing for the neighborhood, heck, let them build new housing -- within city guidelines, of course.

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Posted by BK
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 27, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Minton's has lost the respect of my clients after the fire in 95' personally I don't care if the place is torn down, there are two other lumber yards near by if you still want the "mom and pop" feeling. There is always Bruce Bauer or Sunnyvale lumber, both are just a couple minutes away. Let them go... People can find other jobs.

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Posted by JoJo
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 29, 2009 at 11:59 am


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Posted by CSAA member watchdog
a resident of another community
on Feb 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I agreed with JoJo slowing down = possible fire insurance scam in the future?