By Jack Stubbs
The City of Mountain View – just southeast of Palo Alto and north of Cupertino – has a multifamily project in the works, which recently moved one step further along in the city’s review process.
On May 10, the City Council approved a proposed 323-unit multifamily residential project located at 555 W. Middlefield Road. The project developer, AvalonBay Communities – an equity REIT that operates in markets across the U.S. – recently filed development permits to the City of Mountain View. San Francisco-based firm BDE Architecture is also on the project team.
According to the city’s website, the Development Review Permit requires the demolition of existing surface parking lots, recreation facilities and common amenity areas – while retaining 402 existing residential units from the existing multifamily complex – in order to construct 323 new residential units, three new subterranean parking garages, new common and private open spaces, and a new amenity building/leasing office at the project site, which totals 14.5 acres.
The proposal also includes a request for a Heritage Tree Removal Permit to remove 51 Heritage trees and includes the proposed dedication of 1.34 acres to the City for a public park.
The project site, located on the west side of Moffett Boulevard between West Middlefield Road and Cypress Point Drive, is near the Mountain View train station. The site also offers easy access to Highway 101 – connecting Mountain View with San Francisco to the North and San Jose to the South – and State Route 85.
AvalonBay Communities has a number of other projects throughout the Bay Area and the City of Mountain View in particular. Some of these include Avalon Mountain View at 1600 Villa Street; Avalon Towers on the Peninsula at 2400 West El Camino Real; and eaves Creekside at 151 Calderon Avenue.
There are a handful of other residential projects that are in various stages of development throughout Mountain View.
Earlier this month, Palo Alto-based nonprofit housing developer Alta Housing announced the grand opening of Luna Apartments, a 71-unit project located at 950 W. El Camino Real. The new, five-story, residential community provides independent living for a mix of single- and two-person households earning between 30 percent to 70 percent of the area median income (AMI), according to a statement released by the company. Fifteen of the units are reserved for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Alta Housing has partnered with Housing Choices Coalition and San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) on Luna Apartments.
Additionally, JLL Capital Markets announced in late April that it had arranged construction financing for the redevelopment of Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! into Mountain View Memory Care, a Class A, 54-unit, 60-bed private pay memory care community located near Luna Vista at 939 W El Camino Real.
Mountain View is not resting on its laurels when it comes to longer-term planning around housing projects. The city’s community development department planning division released a development update in 2022. The update includes long-range policy planning projects, projects which are under review and have not been approved, approved projects, and under-construction projects.
Some of the long-range projects include the Downtown Precise Plan Update; a Multiple-Family Residential Zoning Code Update; and the East Whisman Impact Fee Nexus Study, which details planned transportation and utility infrastructure improvements for the East Whisman Precise Plan.