2017 - 2017
Over the ensuing year, the mall continued to decline. The mall now sits nearly vacant. The City sponsored a speaker series featuring experts on demographics, retail, housing, and transportation to inform future Cupertino projects.
In October 2017, Sand Hill requested that the City initiate a Specific Plan process for Vallco and analyze a range of alternatives to “The Hills at Vallco” that would increase the number of residential units and reduce the amount of office space. The City initiated that process at the end of 2017.
In November 2017, an effort led by Mayor Paul and Councilmember Scharf attempted to downzone Vallco and remove the housing element from the site. The effort ultimately failed due to overwhelming community opposition.