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Mountain View signs off on Google’s massive plan for developing North Bayshore area

An ambitious plan promising to transform the North Bayshore area into a sustainable mixed-use community of new homes, parks, restaurants, services and jobs is one step closer to realization following Mountain View City Council approvals March 23. But plan implementation may still be years away.

Council members unanimously approved Google Inc.’s request for 1.3 million square feet of nonresidential bonus floor area ratio (FAR) to help develop a master plan to repurpose the company’s properties to include office space, housing, retail and other elements amid the natural surroundings.

Google expansion plans
Courtesy of the City of Mountain View
The above graphic outlines Google’s plans for residential and commercial development in the North Bayshore area of Mountain View. Click to enlarge.

“On behalf of the city council and years of hard work by all, I am pleased that we have taken significant action in transforming the North Bayshore into a vibrant, sustainable and complete neighborhood and community that provides opportunities for all people to live, work and play while also nurturing and enhancing our natural habitat,” said Mayor Ellen Kamei. “Google recognizes this unique opportunity to work in partnership with the city and the community to convert our vision into reality. We look forward to collaborating with them on next steps in the process.”

Google’s master plan spans 122 acres in the “complete neighborhoods” area of the city’s North Bayshore Precise Plan and is located between Charleston Road to the north, Stevens Creek to the east, Plymouth Street and Space Park Way to the south, and Huff Avenue to the west.

The preliminary master plan proposal includes 3.15 million square feet of office space (including the bonus FAR and rebuilt office space), 7,000 residential units (including 1,400 affordable units) and 285,000 square feet of retail and community space. The plan also features more than 34 acres of parks, habitat and trails. Google officials have proposed a community benefit package that will be considered by the council at a future date.

Google representatives have told Mountain View officials that they intend to submit a formal master plan application for development in the fall.

“In terms of construction timelines, Google has requested a development agreement (DA) that allows them to phase in the development over 20 years,” city spokesperson Lenka Wright said in a statement. “The city will review and discuss the DA as part of the formal master plan.”

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/mhvwe6f4 and select the March 23 city council agenda for a link to Google’s proposal.

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