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Google, SyWest can't agree on Gateway site

Original post made on Feb 28, 2019

Facing a dilemma, the Mountain View City Council found it impossible to choose between two competing visions for developing North Bayshore's large gateway property.

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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:03 am

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As I have been predicting.

This project will never get started.

The parties of Google and SyWest are niether feasable or defined enough to get a green light.

This is by design because both of them want the ability to make changes that radically change the plans after they get apporved.

This is what cannot occur given the new state laws placing significant liablilty on the City for failure to comply with the new laws.

As of this time the project is just about dead on arrival, or at the very least on life support before getting to the hospital.

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Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm

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I can see this ending with Google buying SyWest off. Or, at least I hope they do. I view Google as being more responsible and committed to a long-term "greater good" policy for rational and integrated development of N Bayshore.

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Posted by Duane
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 28, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Why do we need more office space?? It should be all about housing!!

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Posted by Open space
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 28, 2019 at 4:37 pm

This should be a dog park with ample trees!

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Posted by a MV resident
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm

What has SyWest done to be a good neighbor to MV? SyWest only has power because the city council chose it and Linkedin over Google despite Google offering more in community benefits. Once again Google offers more in community benefits.

So SyWest’s plan makes it itself rich all the while making Google pay it for offices and MV residents pay in the form of more traffic, less housing, and less community benefits. What political influence is SyWest putting on the city council that SyWest isn’t being seen as the most selfish stakeholder in this process?

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Posted by ex-Hooli person
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:10 pm

How is it that I come to find myself rooting for Google as the good guy and underdog? I don't want to be on Google's side, but the city council deprives me of any alternative.

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Posted by DDD
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2019 at 10:29 pm

So Google's plan is better in every way. Why is there a need to give SyWest anything then?

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Posted by A resident
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 6, 2019 at 8:04 am

How about Google just leave Mountain View? Our city was a better city before Google and its minions showed up.

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Posted by Google again
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:15 am

It's easy to scapegoat than to look at it with a keen eye.

Was MV better before all the other HUGE tech heavyweights moved in in the 80's and 90's, well before Google? Ever see this area before Sun Microsystems and SGI? Where's their blame?

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Posted by Housing needs
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Originally LinkedIn and Google had a plan and jointly took it to the city which approved of the plan. It covered 24 acres of land, of which 16 acres belongs to SyWest. Then Linked in made additional purchases and end up owning 6 more acres
of land on the other side of SyWest's property bringing the total up to 30 acres. But what was approved was 1.6 Million square feet of added office space on those original 24 acres, and SyWest contributed to that the integration with their property which was very important for the LinkedIn land along the freeway,
which does not have good access to Shoreline.

Anyone looking at the current traffic flow can see that the SyWest property is a
major cut through for traffic leaving Google's buildings at night and heading over to Shoreline.

So now Google has to add 7000 units of housing somewhere. But the overall area is 500 acres and Google occupies and continues to develop a large part of it. So this is just a case of them saying that SyWest should provide housing to allow Google to grow. SyWest's plan has 800 units of housing on its own, which is a very fair share of what's needed considering they only have 16 out of 500 acres.

SyWest can just sit on their property as-is, indefinitely. It only gets more valuable with each passing year. But they might close off the cut through traffic that is messing up the movie theater parking lot.

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Posted by ResidentSince1982
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2019 at 5:48 pm

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Interesting that some of the movie theater parking lot entrances on Plymouth have been blocked off already.