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Community Invited to Participate in Discussion of Courthouse Square Design

Redwood City, CA - September 2, 2003 - Remember when every downtown had a central gathering place, a plaza, or a town square? Those spaces provided a comfortable place for people to gather, meet, and be part of a real community.

Redwood City intends to have such a central downtown gathering space again, and all residents and interested people are invited to participate in the first of several discussions of the Courthouse Square design. This first community workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 25th, from 7 to 10 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

The City's intent is to remove the 'annex' building and restore the façade of the old Courthouse on Broadway, across from the Fox Theater. With the annex gone, the opportunity will exist to create a great public space for the community, which will bring pedestrians and new life and vitality to the Downtown area. It's part of the renaissance of our Downtown that is coming together, and part of building a great community together.

At this initial workshop, the City's urban design firm will provide a presentation on civic-type spaces and their role in city centers. They will also facilitate a discussion on the plan to create an open plaza in front of the courthouse, which will be the primary Downtown open space, the social and symbolic “heart of the city,” and one of the keys to restoring Redwood City's historic downtown. Refreshments will be served, and interested people are asked to call 780-7204 to reserve a seat at the first Courthouse Square public workshop. Future workshops are planned and will be publicized as they are scheduled.

Visit Redwood City's website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

Claudia Olalla
Community Development Analyst


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