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Google's massive North Bayshore project, the biggest development ever for Mountain View, gets council's green light

Original post made on Jun 15, 2023

The Mountain View City Council unanimously approved 7,000 new homes, 3 million square feet of office space and more than 26 acres of parks and open space that will be built out over the next 30 years in the North Bayshore area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 15, 2023, 7:22 AM

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Posted by Barron Parker Too
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 15, 2023 at 12:50 pm

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This looks like a very interesting plan: Web Link See the maps, e.g., on pages 29 and 32. It is a complete redevelopment of an existing large industrial park.

The endorsement by Mountain View is a big change from 8 years ago. Google had proposed a mixed use development plan in 2015, much smaller than this new one, but Mountain View City Council members refused to permit it because, as they admitted, they wanted to prevent Google and its employees from having a significant say in Mountain View political issues. Instead, Mountain View gave Linked-In the biggest parcel, which Linked-In didn't need, and in 2016 Google and Linked-In swapped packages. This allowed Google to construct three large striking tent-like structures: one bounded by Charleston, Amphitheatre and Shoreline; and two at NASA adjacent to Stevens Creek.

Posted by Andy
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 17, 2023 at 9:56 pm

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7,000 residential units is a VERY positive step, although I wish this development included strategically located high rise structures to dramatically boost the number of housing units.

Mixed-use is critical in a post-pandemic era and hopefully the project will also provide space for startups and tech events that are not exclusive to Google.

Posted by PaloAltoVoter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 19, 2023 at 5:16 am

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No affordable units?! Where are the new service worker housing demand generated by this additional office space supposed to live? This project creates more demand than the housing it provides.

Posted by Morgan
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 19, 2023 at 2:20 pm

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PaloAltoVoter - Where does it say no affordable units? I read it as 1,050 affordable units, down from the original 1,400. 15% of the 7000 total units are affordable units vs the original 20%.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 19, 2023 at 2:46 pm

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There's a big difference between "affordable" housing units which are all market rate and hence affordable for all Googlers since few make under $100K and most lots more.

Note that CA requires that only 15% of all new developments that are supposed to be BELOW market rate with only 5% of those for VERY low income.

I say "supposed to be" since somehow the developers and their many paid lobbyists always push for market rate housing because it's so much more profitable.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 19, 2023 at 4:29 pm

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I highly doubt the highly paid Google employees will ever reside there in north Bayshore. They have finer tastes and budgets. It’s like Meta building apartments near their campus in east Menlo Park. I highly doubt any Meta professionals are out there. These companies do have big important real estate departments, though. One can make a lot of money as a developer. Especially if one is a major land owner in the region.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2023 at 5:06 pm

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President Biden made a speech and over his shoulder could be seen the area where this development is going to happen. Is this irony?

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