(Update: 9/28/2013 - For another view of what this might look like, see:
What would Butcher's Corner look like with a 10 story apt. on it? I don't know of a 10 story apt. complex in Sunnyvale but there is one in Cupertino on Steven's Creek off of De Anza Blvd. so I photographed it and tried to superimpose it on the current Butcher's corner.
Current Butcher's Corner from the 7-11 across the street:
Butcher's Corner with the Cupertino 10 story apt. building superimposed:
Obviously this isn't a professional editing job but gives you an idea of scale. If anything, I think the apt. is a little smaller scale than it should be since it is next to a 2 story townhouse, and if you measure 5 of those townhouses on top of each other to get a 10-story building, you go above the superimposed apt. picture.
Many I've talked to think the 10-story apt. building is just an opening bid, so that if it gets scaled back to "merely" 6-7 stories, everyone will think it was a great victory for community action.
Some are afraid that if the whole project is postponed until after the election, a pro-development city council will pass it right on through without question. Eleanor Hansen has framed this election as a referendum on building density at her web site here:
Jeni Pfieffer has characterized candidate Larson as uninvolved in community action against higher density contrary to a local editorial: