News from Downtown

by David Lewis, Community Liaison

The City is still working on a feasibility study on a grocery store in Mountain View, but don’t get your hopes up.  This is still a difficult thing to sell with all the grocery stores in the immediate area.

A new house is going up on Franklin Street between California and Mercy, built as a very large house on one of our 1/5-acre lots, courtesy of the zoning for the area.  More of this could happen, as there are some similar opportunities nearby and this location is very convenient to downtown Mountain View.  The city is looking at the implications of this development; these could be good or bad, depending on your perspective.  You could legally build a house of about 9000 sq. ft. on one of the local 7500 sq. ft. lots, with much smaller setbacks than in most of Old Mountain View, if the Design Review Committee and the Zoning Administrator would let you.  On the other hand, the alternative might be commercial or multifamily development on these same lots.

The city is looking at the possibility of annexing the Moffett Field area. Would you like this to be added to Mountain View?  There are lots of pros and cons—increased tax base and probably more polluted land to clean up.

Finally, some residents of the neighborhood across Shoreline—out to Mariposa—have expressed an interest in adding their neighborhood to our association.  This area has

by David Lewis, Community Liaison

many homes dating back to the 1920’s, and at one time was part of our association.  Let us know your thoughts on this.

Any opinion expressed is David’s own and does not reflect the opinion of OMVNA or the Steering Committee.

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