Want to own a home in Mountain View’s North Bayshore? If things play out according to Google’s plans, there could be about 2,000 new for-sale homes going up in the city’s priciest area in the coming years.
A new promotional website charting Google’s expansion plans reveals for the first time that the company aims to go heavy on ownership housing. Google is laying out the groundwork to build up to 6,600 new homes in North Bayshore, which up until now have been described as rental apartments. In the new materials, Google officials now indicate they intend for at least 30 percent of the housing to provide “ownership opportunities.”
That turn of phrase will be music to the ears of Mountain View officials, who have promoted for-sale housing as a key component of the city’s future residential growth. Google’s development also will include 20 percent affordable housing, which if fully built would double the amount of subsidized housing in Mountain View.
The proposed housing comprises the lion’s share of the 9,850 homes envisioned in the city’s precise plan, approved about a year ago. The 6,600 homes would be focused in Shorebird and Joaquin, two new neighborhoods envisioned in the city’s precise plan. Google first laid out its grand plans for building out these neighborhoods in a series of master plans submitted to the city in December.
As part of building these neighborhoods, Google says it will provide 7.5 miles of new hiking and biking trails and up to 35 acres of public open space. If all goes according to plan, Google officials say they believe they can fully build 6,600 new homes in North Bayshore by 2030.
But plenty of components in the plan remain unresolved. To provide a school for children in the new neighborhoods, Google is offering the Mountain View Whisman School District a 3.5 acre site near San Antonio Road at Casey Avenue. The site is located about 2 miles away from where most of the North Bayshore residential development is planned.
The Mountain View Whisman School District is scheduled to discuss the proposed Casey Avenue site at a board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.
In addition, a conflict remains unresolved between Google and the development firm SyWest, which owns about 16 acres along the Shoreline Boulevard, near Highway 101. SyWest has declined to partner with Google on building out the Joaquin neighborhood, and the firm submitted its own development plans to the city.
Google is publicizing its housing ambitions in anticipation of a Feb. 26 City Council meeting to review the precise plan.