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Housing at Mayfield mall site dumped for offices

Original post made on May 4, 2012

After almost a decade of contentious planning and untold millions to design, the 27-acre housing community planned for the Mayfield Mall site has been ditched for a $90 million deal to re-use the existing buildings as an office campus.

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Posted by Evan
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Seriously? Why not just have both houses and offices? Because walking is so hard…


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Posted by Anon,
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I am probably one of the few who recalls. albiet dimly, Mayfield Mall. I always like this mall, and it was in a good location, and fun to drive through the twisty turny entrance/exits. I think Palo Alto would be in a better situation today if we have kept Mayfield Mall … and even the Old Mill! They were fun nice places designed for people.

I can't remember now whether it was Pier One or India Imports that used to be in the lower level of Mayfield, but that was the cool place back in the day to get those wild batik tapestries that were so cool in the hippy days!

Too bad, but what is happening in all these offices that we are provisioning Palo Alto with?


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Posted by Cur Mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Very happy to hear this news--lovely space and sadly neglected now for years. Yes, I remember the Mayfield Mall, JC Penney, and Cost Plus was on the basement/parking lot level.

What a blessed relief not to have more construction and more auto traffic! And re-use of existing infrastructure!


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Posted by paloaltotreewatch
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on May 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm

what most people don't know about the Mayfield Mall is that in the 1800's it was a very large Indian mound. Yet you cannot find a plaque anywhere to that effect.


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Posted by Brad
a resident of Barron Park
on May 5, 2012 at 5:02 am

We lived in the Tamalpais neighborhood with three young children when, first the Central Expressway was built right behind our home, then the Mayfield Mall was developed. The trains ran 24/7 just like now. No big deal. It was a great neighborhood experience with wonderful friendships enduring today, fifty years later.

To see today's neighborhood associations wringing their hands over development activity makes me laugh. What kind of whiny wimps have we turned into?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

Reusing an existing structure is a very good idea.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

Wait, what is happening? They are going to knock down one business campus to build a new one there? Or, will they use what is there now?
And how are workers supposed to get to the tiny Caltrain station on the other side of Central Expressway?


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Posted by train station
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

There is currently a crosswalk with red lights connecting Mayfield with the train station. If red light running is a problem at this crossing, I expect that the developer will build a tunnel or bridge to better protect pedestrians from reckless drivers. This already was planned when they were considering housing at this site.


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Posted by JW
a resident of Mountain View
on May 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

@Brad- there are way too many developments in mountain view. We didn't want another 250 right next to us for good reason. Maybe it's a little "not in my backyard" but for good reason.


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Posted by godoy
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on May 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

good, no housing stacks that have constant laundry use and soap odors these buildings produce. no damn washing machines,good.


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