Google's dramatic new campus proposal isn't the only project vying for a piece of the North Bayshore pie. On Feb. 27, Mountain View city planners received six other major North Bayshore development proposals that will be competing with Google for the City Council's favor in April.
The City Council's wish to restrain new development and job growth in North Bayshore to reduce impacts on local housing and traffic will be a serious challenge, given the number of high-profile proposals and enticing community benefits that have been submitted to the city for review.
Only 2.5 million square feet of new development is allowed in North Bayshore, and Google's project, if approved, would use up that entire allotment. The development cap was set by council members after facing considerable heat last year as office development was blamed for worsening Mountain View's housing shortage.
Now, plans for more than double the available amount have been proposed (6.2 million square feet of offices); that figure includes Google's 2.5-million-square-foot proposed campus.
The second largest proposal is for 1.6 million square feet of additional office space for LinkedIn, with cafes, shops, a Villasport spa and fitness center, and a new two-story, 15-screen Century movie theater. LinkedIn and theater owner Syufy Enterprises propose to redevelop the entire movie theater site and adjacent buildings at the corner of Highway 101 and North Shoreline Boulevard, now home to Gold's Gym, Togo's Laserquest and Cheryl Burke dance studio, among others.
To entice the council to approve the project, LinkedIn and Syufy are offering to renovate the city's library a project the city valued at $1.4 million last year. They would build a new pedestrian bridge over Highway 101 along North Shoreline Boulevard and set aside 30,000 to 50,000 square feet of space to help save some local small businesses. Their LEED platinum buildings would have "net-zero" energy usage, thanks to efficient design and a massive solar panel installation.
If the project is cut in size, some of those benefits would go away.
If council members find the LinkedIn and Google proposals irresistible, they may be looking to cut back one of the remaining five proposals:
** a 108,000 square-foot, five-story, 200-room hotel by the Shashi Group for 1625 North Shoreline Blvd.
**a 1 million-square-foot campus of seven-story buildings with underground parking proposed by Peery-Arillaga for addresses on both sides of North Rengstorff Avenue, just north of Highway 101.
** a three-story, 190,876-square-foot office building by developer Rees Commercial for 2629 Terminal Blvd.
** a 703,148-square-foot campus by the Sobrato Organization with four new buildings that are three- and four-stories tall, at 1255 Pear Ave., with parking garages.
** a 224,505-square-foot, six-story, LEED platinum office and parking structure 1625 Plymouth St. by developer Broadreach Capital.
Community benefits for those projects include a 61,000-square-foot park from Sobrato, new trails at the western Shoreline Park entrance from Rees, and a $10.2 million payment to the city from Broadreach for transportation infrastructure in North Bayshore.