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Study Session Scheduled to Review Courthouse Square Design Concepts, Select Preferred Alternative

Redwood City, CA - April 22, 2004 - Over the course of three public workshops in the last several months, interested Redwood City people have imagined, discussed, examined, and shaped several design alternatives for the Courthouse Square to be implemented Downtown. With the planned removal of the "annex" building at the old courthouse, the overarching purpose of the workshops has been to create a comfortable place Downtown for people to gather, meet, and be part of a real community, in the manner of a central gathering place, a plaza, or a town square.

To bring these concepts together, a joint study session is scheduled for Monday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm in City Hall Council Chambers to select a single design concept with which to move forward on this project.

This will be a joint meeting of the City Council, the Planning Commission, and the Architectural Review Committee. The public is invited to participate in this study session and help select a single design concept which will then be refined and presented at a future public workshop. The study session will include a review of the principles of good public spaces, and an overview of the attributes of each design concept, how they were developed, and how each might function in our Downtown.

The City's is planning 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.

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