DESIGN GOALS:
  1. PROMOTE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE AND NON-VEHICULAR CIRCULATION
    • RECLAIM FAIRMONT AVE. AND HOPE ST. AS PEDESTRIAN PASEOS
    • CREATE WALKWAYS THAT COMBINE CIRCULATION, RETAIL, AND RESTAURANT SPACE
  2. CREATE A COMMUNITY-ORIENTED HOUSING PROJECT
  3. REVITALIZE GATEWAY PARK
    • ACTIVATE GREEN SPACE WITH SURROUNDING RETAIL, RESTAURANT, AND AMENITY SPACE
    • CONNECT TO NEW PARK AND OPEN SPACE
    • INCREASE LIGHTING AND ACTIVITY TO ENSURE 24/7 SAFETY
  4. INTRODUCE NEW PARK AND OPEN SPACE
    • PROVIDE SEATING, LIGHTING, BARBECUE PIT, PLAYGROUND, ETC. FOR COMMUNITY USE
    • DESIGN ENGAGING LANDSCAPE FEATURES
    • CREATE FAMILY- ORIENTED AND PET-FRIENDLY AREAS
  5. IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT OF NEIGHBORHOOD
    • ELIMINATE TRAFFIC ON HOPE ST. AND FAIRMONT AVE.
    • REDUCE NOISE AND POLLUTION IN NEIGHBORHOOD
    • INCREASE SAFETY OF AREA FOR RESIDENTS
Conceptual Drawings
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  • City Planners and architects generally agree that when adjacent properties conform to each other in terms of scale, it creates a better aesthetic and congruency.
  • This illustration shows the four corner properties located at El Camino Real and Castro Streets.
  • Note that the three corners across from the conceptual Castro Commons development are substantially larger than the current building configuration, currently split up into smaller lots, and still slightly larger than the conceptual Castro Commons development, even including the small closures of both the first blocks of Hope and Fairmont streets.
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  • Note the difference in the aesthetic and the experience of Castro Commons without the closure of Hope Street. It bifurcates the development and reduces the walking/shopping experience for those in the area
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  • In an effort to increase the number of affordable workforce housing units while still blending in with the surrounding residences and businesses, Castro Commons has employed a step-down architectural style, not unlike a wedding cake. Starting at a high-point of seven stories, furthest away from street level, it then tiers down to 6-5-4-3-2 stories as it approaches street level for the least visual intrusion and maximum assimilation.
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  • There are a number of reasons that it is prudent and advantageous to the surrounding community to close the first block of Hope Street off of El Camino Real and convert it instead into a walkable and cyclist-friendly paseo, closed off to vehicular traffic only.
    • Hope St. is too narrow to allow on-street parking (on both sides) and still afford two-way traffic to pass safely.
    • Vacating 60 yards of Hope St at Fairmont to ECR means less traffic and better safety for the nieghborhood. 
    • Vacating 60 yards of Hope St allows better pedestrian access to Gateway Park, El Camino Real and Castro St.
    • View Street is a much better alternative for drivers because its increased width is better suited to on-street parking and auto-circulation to and from the downtown. It also incorporates traffic calming measures such as roundabouts to help slow auto traffic.
    • View Street is a natural artery as it already connects with all the existing East-West oriented streets facilitating safe and efficient auto traffic flow.
    • A new open space area will be created by the closure of this end of Hope Street which becomes an enhanced amenity for the neighborhood and encourages more pedestrians while not allowing traffic between Fairmont and El Camino Real.
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  • This is a rendering of the preliminary ground level floorplan. Note the dotted black lines defining the conceptual three paseos. These illustrate where the overhang from the upper levels will pass over those small portions. Each paseo will be 30’-40’ wide and will be up to 24’ (2 stories) in height.
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  • Preliminary 2nd level floorplan
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  • Preliminary 3rd level floorplan
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  • Preliminary 4th level floorplan
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  • Preliminary 5th level floorplan
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  • Preliminary 6th level floorplan
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  • Preliminary 7th level floorplan
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  • In order to lessen the impact of parking in the surrounding neighborhood, 2 levels of underground parking have been incorporated into the plan. Careful consideration has been given to maintaining the health of the trees above and also provides surplus parking for residential and commercial visitors.
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  • This is a reference to the bicycle and pedestrian network maps from the city’s Precise Plan.

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.