Approved: Mountain View office project near Google moves forward

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Work will start this summer on 600 National Ave. in Mountain VIew, which will weigh in at about 140,000 square feet of office.

Developers hope to start demolishing a collection of outdated tilt-up structures in Mountain View this summer after receiving final approval to replace them with a 140,000-square-foot, four-story office building.

The project – without a tenant on the leash – could open by early summer of 2015.

The green light for the project at 600 National Ave. represents the culmination of more than a decade of work for developerRandy Lamb and his partners with 600 National Avenue LLC. Mountain View City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved the project.

“We started back in 2001 having interest in this site,” Randy Lamb, of Menlo Park-based Lamb Partners, told me on Wednesday, adding it was only in the past couple of years he was able to assemble the necessary parcels.

“What we like about it is it’s served by three different freeways, it has great light rail within a half mile, and with the new transportation management agency, we’re really encouraged people will get to the site with as few car trips as possible,” he said.

Located in Mountain View’s East Whisman area, 600 National Avenue will target LEED Gold certification and feature a sleek modern design with lots of natural light, balconies for employees to gather outside and lush landscaping. Floor plates will be about 35,000 square feet, the kind of large footprint so popular with tech tenants these days. A one-story parking structure will also be constructed.

It’s quite a change from what’s there currently, project architect Ken Rodrigues told the council on Tuesday night.

“The beauty is we’re removing some small 1960s structures, and cleaning up and redeveloping the site so we can use it again,” Rodrigues, of Mountain View based Ken Rodrigues & Partners, said.

Propelled by stellar leasing largely from Google, Mountain View’s office market has become among the strongest in the region. While much activity is focused in the Google stronghold North Bayshore area, Google is also moving into the neighborhood of 600 National. In the last year, Google has bought a series of buildings on Ellis St., just down the street from the new project. And it also leases The Quad, a large office campus at 399 N. Whisman Ave. owned by Keenan Lovewell Ventures.

Lamb declined to discuss the status of financing the project, but stated, “We’re definitely going to build it.”

“There’s not much office product there, so I think there will be very positive demand for any new product that comes in,” he said.

Unanimous approval is rare in Mountain View, where new office projects have faced skepticism recently from some council members.

“I think we just followed the process, listened to (the various political bodies) and did what we were asked to do,” Lamb said.

In addition to Lamb, the partnership includes Vic Fracaro, Mark NicholsonJustin Reilly andLowery Pendley. The property is being marketed by Steve HortonGregory M. Davies,Justin Reilly and Dave Schley at Cassidy Turley.

A general contractor has not been finalized, but Lamb estimated construction would take 15 months. He declined to disclose the project cost.

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