Posts Tagged ‘Cupertino’

Former Vallco Fashion Park fighting foreclosure

Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting today that creditors of the former Vallco Fashion Park, now known as Cupertino Square, are seeking to foreclose on and sell the property, while the owners of the mall are fighting back.

When I visited months ago, the mall from the outside had a feel that was somewhat dated yet still post-modern, but inside it was a vacant hall of empty shop bays. When I briefly entered the mall to get to the attached Dynasty dim sum restaurant a few weeks ago, it didn’t look as if anything had changed.

If the owners are truly short of cash (they claim they aren’t), it explains why the mall has been essentially empty for over a year, but ongoing renovations have made little visible progress. Clearly the big losers have been any independent shops that have been caught in leases in the mall: Only destination businesses (like Dynasty or the AMC theater there) could survive without the traffic brought in by being part of a larger marketplace.

Fire on Apple Campus

All employees were evacuated without harm as firefighters brought a three-alarm fire at Apple’s Cupertino campus under control. The fire on Valley Green Drive was reported just after 10pm Tuesday night.

White Tower on 280?

While driving south on 280 between 85 and Apple’s main campus I noticed a humongous white plastic looking object on the left side of the freeway. What could it be? — A utility pole? A transmission tower? Would it soon be seeking signs from Martians?

This is what I have discovered:

Once upon a time, (two decades ago) the city of Cupertino was busy getting ready to connect Mary Ave. This would be accomplished with a car overpass spanning 280. Earthen ramps were readied on both sides. Then the city began to hear that the residents living near Stevens Creek were raising concerns. What impact would the traffic have on their neighborhood? The work was halted.

Fast-forward to 2008 and we find that the city of Cupertino is once again attempting to traverse 280. This time it will be with a Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge. For reference: walkers and bicyclists will be able to move from the area of De Anza College to Homestead High School with ease.

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