Lifestyle

Castro Street’s vibrant downtown atmosphere has long been an attractive focal point conducive to both work and play, and we intend to extend this lifestyle to the gateway to downtown. By providing healthy amenities and vibrant activities, individuals will have the complete experience of Mountain View all within the palms of their hands—all without leaving Castro Street!

Home of one of the most attractive corners of the Bay Area, Mountain View’s growth has faced a crisis affecting many seeking to live in the area: housing. With this in mind, we are proposing our Castro Commons Plan to help the city develop 100+ (Exact number TBD) new homes providing more equitable and inclusive housing opportunities in the Downtown area. The project will include a selection of market-rate and below-market-rate housing.

Tenant relocation benefits for residents affected by the developmentProvides a contemporary transitional interface between residential and commercial areasPreservation of the Gateway Park, offering a distinct sense of community and encouraging greater social interactionFosters pedestrian and bicycle commuting environment which reduces car dependency and increases walkability

Community

Castro Commons is proposing to revitalize the local area by providing public spaces with a mix of retail, dining, and open spaces with outdoor amenities that will be meaningful for everyone. Drawing inspiration from active and vibrant spaces like downtown Santa Barbara and Paris, France, we see this project embodying the outdoor-indoor living and dining experience amplified by COVID-19. Take the North end of downtown Mountain View on Castro Street, for example.

To achieve our goals of supporting local businesses and residents, the Castro Commons Plans aims to promote foot traffic and conserve local businesses.

Plans to provide a continuous frontage of retail and restaurants at ground level in accordance with the Downtown Precise PlanIntegration of indoor and outdoor commonspace to create an inclusive and active environmentEmbodying the “gateway” to promote revitalization and creates an attractive entry to the downtown areaIncreases in current public tree canopy coverage of 26% to create an enjoyable urban forest environmentAddressing transportation-related needs by meeting the goals outlined in Mountain View’s Bicycle Transportation Plan and Pedestrian Master Plan

Sustainability

We are dedicated to enhancing Gateway Park and conserving its prominence within the community. Our objective is aimed toward acclimating to the wants and needs of the neighborhood and the city of Mountain View through the conservation and revitalization of recreational spaces in the area.

As the “heartbeat” of the city, Downtown Mountain View is designed with active landscaping and is characterized as a natural place to meet one’s friends, relax outdoors, enjoy entertainment, or go for a stroll.

Maintaining the existing Gateway ParkAn increase in Mountain View's 230 current unique tree speciesPlans to expand the EV charging station network in Mountain View's downtown, currently only supplied with 12 stationsOffering health-beneficial commercial amenities on the ground floor, available to the publicMany more benefits will be added as the project moves from conceptual stage to the design stage

Castro Commons

CONCEPTUAL PROJECT
LOCATIONS
843 Castro Street Mountain View CA, 940412720 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 110 Sacramento CA, 958332323 S Bascom Avenue Suite 100 Campbell CA, 95008
DISCLAIMER:
This is a conceptual design. This design has not been submitted to, discussed with, or reviewed by the city of Mountain View. Project is subject to change. Illustrations are for visualization purposes only and reflect what we envision this project to be like. Preliminary designs do not reflect actual architecture. The current concept designed with the feedback of the community, conceptualizing closing 60 yards of Hope St to vehicular traffic. GPR has the authority to negotiate the purchase of a portion of Fairmont Ave. GPR does not have the authority for a 7-story design.