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Council to consider office and hotel proposals for "Moffett Gateway" site

Original post made on Jun 6, 2014

Mountain View may have a housing shortage, but on Tuesday the City Council is going to begin considering several proposals for office and hotel development on 6.7 acres of city-owned land.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 6, 2014, 1:59 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Well, we do need more hotels in Mountain View. When people visit me for work or pleasure, they often report not being able to find rooms. I wonder how they will set up car and pedestrian access to this area. It looks like it might be tricky.


Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Configuring car and pedestrian access should not be difficult, it's probably the least of their challenges.

There's already a stop light for the Moffett Blvd exit ramp from SB US-101. That's where you'd put the complex's main driveway. As a matter of fact, there's already a dirt road there, plus marked crosswalks for pedestrians as well as a paved sidewalk on both sides.

There are both cyclists and pedestrians who walk along Moffett Boulevard to NASA Ames anyhow; there are bike lanes on Moffett Boulevard. The south side of the site is about 500 feet to the access point to the Stevens Creek Trail (at the Moffett Blvd Hwy 85 exit). This trail path was heavily used before the bike overpass was built.


Posted by SB, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Jun 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Doesn't the City own's Housing Element recommend using City Property for building Affordable Housing?


Posted by pr, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Hey SB, No one wants to live next to the freeway - really would you? - so if it has to be offices - Why not build a lot higher than 4 stories. Look at what Palo Alto built on the old Whiskeytown gateway to EPA (Huge law offices and a huge hotel, gotta be 20 ? stories high). This is an area away from residences and we are fast running out of space in MV. What an incredible waste of space to limit it to only 4 stories - MV planners appear to be amateurs.


Posted by Fran, a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

No more office blocks in My neighborhood PLEASE. They are going up all over Nirth Whisman and Wagom Wheel neighborhoods with no consideration for the the Enviromental impact on this quarter of the City. The Cuty staff admitted they study impacts only on each individual project or City wide which is remiss into opinion, since we have multiple very large projects in development concentrated in this are.

What happed to the Google hotel project? We do need more high end hotels and they provide service jobs. The site is well situated on the bike route to North Bay. Traffic will be huge deal. My neighborhood exit has been impacted dramatically in the past 2 years so we do need a realistic study on the traffic impact and please no more office blocks and ground level parking lots concreting over our tree friendly City!

Finally, the City gave been 'cleaning' the top soil of contaminates which I assume means the dreaded TCE over there. Won't any development face the challenge of toxic fumes? Will the City sell or lease the land. If leased, will we as a City be liable for any toxic intrusions ?


Posted by Robert, a resident of Slater
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

Robert is a registered user.

Perhaps it's just a matter of symantics, but how can the city negotiate for something without first getting public input?


Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm

It's probably easier for the city to negotiate first with developers, as council members are also residents as well. It makes more sense for the city to vet and narrow down reasonable proposals for the public to comment upon.

By the way, the word is spelled "semantics."


Posted by incognito, a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm

"With a goal of raising money for city services...."

I wonder if this means money for services that will benefit all MV residents? Or money for city employee pensions?


Posted by Mtn, Man, a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

There are already three hotels in this area from Central Blvd to 101 why do we need one more large hotel here. Put a hotel over off of Shoreline near Google where it makes more sense. The City is not hurting for revenue like it was a few years ago. I agree with adding housing and a new sports field (soccer, baseball, softball) with a connection to Stevens Creek trail. Being a father of two and having the kids involved in sports we are constantly looking for fields to play on. The City is short on playing fields and housing. I would like the City Council to reconsider the idea of building a hotel and office space at this location. Why not get proposals on new playing fields and new housing for the people who have to commute into Mountain View.


Posted by Lenny Siegel, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The TCE on this property appears to come from a sewer line that transits the site. It will require cleanup, and the new buildings should be designed to resist vapor intrusion. But sampling thus far suggests that contamination is limited to a narrow band - along the sewer line. So both remediation and mitigation won't be that difficult.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Well it looks like the Burrowing Owls are no longer a problem. Let the development begin!


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