Business & Real Estate

Gateway development begins to (re)open in Mountain View


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/TOWN CRIER
Workers from the Rose International Market construction project next door vacate Peet’s outdoor seating area after a coffee break.

The block-long development long in the works at El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View has begun to open, with a return of familiar tenants housed within its new look.

Greystar, an international development group with a multitude of ongoing projects in Mountain View, negotiated a total demolition and rebuilding of the 2.39-acre parcel that sits as the gateway to downtown at 801 W. El Camino Real. As part of the deal to build 164 apartment units and 10,800 square feet of commercial space, the developer agreed to ensure a return of five of the commercial tenants that once filled that strip. Their plans roughly halved the amount of commercial space available on the site.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea is the first returnee, opening a new location in the most prominent street-level corner of the new four-story structure. A glowing modernist chandelier is visible to commuters passing on El Camino, and the new locale is larger with more windows, according to store manager Kristina Mazariegos.

“It’s really nice because you get some sunlight in,” she said, noting that the chandelier has been a hallmark of other recent Peet’s constructions.

During the project’s multiple years of demolition and construction, Greystar housed Peet’s in a portable coffee house located behind Chase Bank kitty-corner to the project site.

Signs are already up for Rose International Market, which has a new space but has not yet reopened. Tanya’s Hair Design, Le’s Alterations and Sufi Coffee Shop & Cultural Center were also expected back after construction wraps up. One tenant that had lamented the demolition, Gochi Japanese Fusion Tapas, was not relocated and has been operating from a new location at 1943 W. El Camino Real.

Parking for the retail tenants is available on the street along El Camino and in a garage beneath the new apartment complex. The construction’s “public plaza” includes seating along the intersection of El Camino and Castro.

Other comings & goings

• Gold Star Gymnastics departed its Mountain View location at 240 S. Whisman Road last week, heading south to 727 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road in Sunnyvale, the former site of Trader Joe’s. Gold Star made the switch after substantial renovation at the Sunnyvale location.

• Shiva’s Restaurant at 800 California St. in Mountain View closed last week after offering North Indian cuisine since 2004, including a particularly popular lunchtime buffet.

 • Castro Street’s German beer garden and burger joint, Bierhaus, is pouring hefeweizen for a final summer season. Permits to demolish the restaurant and its outdoor colonnade and build a commercial building are moving forward for the .26-acre site at the corner of Castro and California streets. The new 33,801 square-foot project is planned to include ground-floor retail.

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