I posted this on a local email list, and people were incensed. The citizens of Mountain View voted to keep Home Depot from moving to the old Emporium site on Grant Road, which is by far a better location than San Antonio and El Camino. But I guess San Antonio is not as close to Mountain View residential real estate, it's just close to far more expensive Los Altos and Palo Alto homes.
Where do they think the trucks with all the lumber are going to come from? Palo Alto residents (and their property values) all along San Antonio will be negatively affected. The neighborhood will be negatively affected. Sorry to say, construction brings crime (according to the Palo Alto police) and this type of business will negatively alter the character of the neighborhood.
I know someone who works in another Silicon Valley location where a Home Depot was built nearby -- she says the crime went up and the neighborhood character really suffered. Home Depot is a good business, but it doesn't belong in the middle of such a highly residential area. (Of course, if they move there, I will never shop there again.)
There already is a Home Depot nearby in East Palo Alto near the freeway -- are they going to vacate that store to move across the freeway and away from East Palo Alto?
I am not normally NIMBY about businesses, but this is just too much. If anything, if Sears won't stay, that site really needs a family-oriented business.