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Minton's may get chopped

Original post made on Jan 22, 2009

This Tuesday, nearly 100 years after Minton's Lumber and Supply opened up near the downtown train station, the City Council will consider a plan to replace the city's oldest business with a high-density apartment complex.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 22, 2009, 3:54 PM


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Posted by Long Time MV Resident
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

NO! That area is way too overdeveloped and congested. I can't ever imagine putting high density units there. NO! NO! NO! It's hard enough getting around Castro Street and parking nearby.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Castro City
on Jan 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

How sad to see a community staple get scrapped for housing.

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Posted by A Daily Show
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm

The way to keep businesses like this alive is to patronize them. Support your local retailers like Minton's!

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Posted by Mike Laursen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I have to disagree. Housing is a good thing. Some of my best friends occupy housing.

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Posted by D=Rock
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

I guess that is progress. Too bad they cant do a mixed use, some small retail, maybe a small hardware store, or a small grocery on street level facing the train tracks, with apartments above. I am always reading how there is no grocery down town. Perhaps the hardware store could be Mintons hardware. With the Farmers Market on the weekends, I am sure the hardware store would be partonized.

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Posted by kam of old Mountain View
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

Parking in this area is already a mess daily due to the train Station & the CITY doesn't enforce
the parking times. So no, don't need anything in the area that will bring in more cars with an apartment complex & underground parking. Also don't need anything that tall around here,
4 stories! What's also going to happen someday when the High Speed comes thru this area????????????????????

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Posted by Carolyn
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 23, 2009 at 9:51 am

Wow, 200 apartments means lots of new children for the already overcrowded MVWSD. I hope the school district starts paying attention to what the city council is doing.

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Posted by julye
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Just sold a home on Minton Lane and after living there for a short while this development purposal would create massive conjestion in that already conjested area. A 200 unit apartment complex like the Americana's would also change the Old Mountain View neighborhood theme. A development like the 32 unit housing next door to Minton Lumber property where I lived, would be much more appropriate and allow more ownership and less conjestion. If properly designed,a single family two story home would be an enhancesment to the area. But, not a monster housing facility. (Do the math: 200 X $1600 X12= $3.840 Million PER YEAR!) No wonder........

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Posted by Denise
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 24, 2009 at 7:09 am

NO! MV should be modeling cities like Boulder, CO who have adopted a zero growth policy so that they can focus on the needs of their residents. We are facing a water shortage, air pollution, underfunded schools and in some cases, over enrolled classes (Kindergarden). Adding a high density residential complex would only compound these issues. In Berlin, Germany a large office complex was just torn down to build a 2 acre park. This makes sense; building something that enhances quality of life....I'd hate to see another residential complex built like the one at Calderon/Whisman. It swallowed that neighborhood.

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Posted by h brunner
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

here we go again. high density nightmare.
we are facing water shortages, now and in the future. not entirely because of climate but because of shortsighted powers that be that allow and approve high density housing. the upcoming mayfield project will be perhaps the worst.
the city is calling for a ten percent reduction in our water useage whilst they approve new development. does the city council's cummulative i.q. reach room temperature?

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Posted by smart growther
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Time for the council to stop being intimidated by the NIMBY's. Most of the council was endorsed by environmental groups that support high density infill housing. City planners will study all of the issues and deal with parking , congestion, water, education and other services. To say this area is already congested is silly. It's a perfect spot for high density given its right next to a transit site. It's amazing to watch some council members talk about smart growth but never never able to pull the trigger because of their fear that some resident will yell at them. It still amazes me that the previous development near the train station was only SFH's.

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Posted by MiRNA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 26, 2009 at 4:46 am

The proposal is for two Home Depot sized apartment buildings on one Minton's parcel.

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