Mountain View’s new apartments in a near-downtown location with an 85 walk score, across the street from Caltrain and light rail at 455 West Evelyn, include all of the parking spaces that the city required. The Madera complex sold out quickly, and tenants of the 203 apartments aren’t using all of the assigned parking spaces. Jon Moss, a Prometheus VP, told the Mountain View Voice in August that “a recent count found only 75 percent of the relatively small underground garage being used.”According to Jonathan Stone of Prometheus Real Estate and Property Management, ”there are quite a few units with no cars at all.”
The developer designed the property with two secure bike storage rooms with hanging devices to store 100 bikes each, and two carshare spaces for ZipCar. The residents, including tech workers and others, have filled up the bike parking and frequently use the carshare services, so Prometheus is working on adding more bike parking and carshare space, potentially repurposing a guest parking space.
Stone says that in other new developments being planned in downtown Sunnyvale on Evelyn near Caltrain, Prometheus is learning from the Mountain View developments and designing more space for bike parking and carshare. At another new development at 100 Moffett, Prometheus dedicating space for an at-grade bicycle parking room specifically to make it more convenient for tenants to easily come and go by bike.