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After outcry to save redwoods, house project is revised

Original post made on Jan 23, 2019

A single-family home project that spurred a citywide debate on preserving redwoods and heritage trees will be coming back before Mountain View officials. The new project at 575 Sierra Ave. has been retooled to preserve a cherished grove of tall redwoods on the site.

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Posted by TC
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 23, 2019 at 9:59 am

Redwoods above a certain size are automatically protected, not all redwoods. The decision to preserve them was technically made by the Urban Forestry Board, not the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Posted by Seriously
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jan 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm

Redwoods are almost always of "heritage" status but this does not mean they are protected. Many heritage trees, including redwoods, are felled every year and are not replaced because city staff rarely follow up. It is too easy and cheap to remove a heritage tree - and too costly to appeal against their removal - IMHO.

Posted by Lel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 23, 2019 at 3:11 pm

The proposed structure was not to replace an older home. Originally there was a residence on a double lot which the developer split off and sold, in order to build a new 2nd residence near the redwood stand.

Posted by Politically Incorrect & Proud of It
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 23, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Politically Incorrect & Proud of It is a registered user.

This is a distraction from the horrendous overbuilding problems MV City Council has forced on responsible MV homeowners! Shouldn't MV be concentrating stopping on all of the mega apartment and "affordable" (but in truth "un-affordable") housing construction destroying the quality of life in MV??? Shouldn't our elected Council be be ridding MV of RV, truck, and auto squatters infesting our streets and blocking bicycle lanes, endangering pedestrians, and fouling our streets with garbage and filth?

Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 23, 2019 at 6:57 pm

All this turmoil over redwood trees on someone else’s property is nuts. If you want redwoods plant them on your property or have the city plant them. This is the kind of nonsense that makes a good Democrat vote Republican.

Posted by Google Hates Redwoods
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

So let me get this straight. Google can cut down over 30 huge redwood trees and that is ok; even the Sierra Club endorsed Google cutting down these trees after they were paid off. And the city of Mountain View itself can cut down any tree it wants to no matter the size, and in fact has never been denied approval to do so.

But god forbid if anyone else wants to cut down a tree.


Posted by side1
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

Maybe higher density housing projects need to start leaking across ECR to the south side of town.
Maybe a few 5 story buildings near Cuesta Park.
I am sure the NIMBY's would scream bloody murder.

Posted by Sally
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 23, 2019 at 10:54 pm

Agree that Google shouldn’t have been allowed to cut down the Redwoods. And am still disappointed the city removed the beautiful cherry trees on Castro - that was crazy!!! Glad to hear these trees are saved. My townhouse has a tall natural redwood in my backyard, it’s a nuisance because the roots destroyed the patio and the lawn, but great because it provides shade, and homes for birds/squirrels.

Posted by more than meets the eye
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 24, 2019 at 7:42 am

Orignally a 3000+square foot house on that little lot? Please... Take a Google map walk in the neigborhood; a 2200 square foot home should be fine. Sage Capital Management (check their website) will be fine!