By Kate Snyder
Already well-known in the Mountain View area, The Sobrato Organization is planning a new mixed-use development located just across the street from its Mountain View , headquarters.
The proposal is for the construction of a four-story, approximately 105,284 square foot office and retail building at the northeast corner of Castro and Church streets in Mountain View’s downtown. The address is 590 Castro St., and the project plans stipulate that approximately 84,973 square feet would be slated for office use and 17,372 would be for retail space.
Additionally, the proposal also includes plans for a plaza and 255 parking spaces. The project plans were approved by Mountain View City Council in August, public records show.
The site is also located near Pioneer Memorial Park, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce and Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, according to Google Maps.Per the project plans, it is also within walking distance to Mountain View City Hall.
Designs for the project come from KSH Architects, according to public records, and the landscape architect is The Guzzardo Partnership, Inc. Plans for the landscaping and exterior amenities include planting new native and street trees as well as new planters with seating areas. A plaza will include built-in tables and seating, bike racks and pedestrian connections to both the chamber of commerce building as well as Pioneer Memorial Park.
The Sobrato Organization originally purchased the site from Wells Fargo Bank National Association in 2019 for $28 million, according to The Registry’s previous reporting. The property is adjacent to The Sobrato Organization’s headquarters, which are located at 599 Castro St.
In addition to its own headquarters and the site at 590 Castro St., the firm owns two other properties in Mountain View, according to its website: Harman Services at 636 Ellis Drive and one of Google’s offices located at 1255 Pear Ave.
According to the firm’s website, Sobrato owns more than 75 commercial properties in Silicon Valley and hundreds of acres of land throughout Santa Clara and Alameda counties. The company has developed more than 15 million square feet of office and research and development properties and currently owns 7.2 million square feet in commercial space. The firm also owns 28 apartment communities totaling approximately 6,450 units along the West Coast.
As an integral part of Silicon Valley, activity in Mountain View has been on a surge with a number of commercial and residential projects in the works within the past six months.
Other recent activity includes AvalonBay Communities’ 323-unit multifamily residential project located at 555 W. Middlefield Road, which city council approved earlier this year, according to The Registry’s previous reporting. Additionally, Alta Housing celebrated the grand opening of Luna Vista Apartments, the new five-story, 71-unit affordable community at 950 W. El Camino Real.
In retail activity, Charleston Plaza, a five-building retail center totaling 132,590 square feet in both Palo Alto and Mountain View, was purchased earlier this year by San Francisco-based investment and development firm Presidio Bay for $71.8 million, according to previous reporting from The Registry.