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Public Invited to Discuss the Future of Downtown Development at Joint Council / Planning Commission / Architectural Review Committee Meeting

Redwood City, CA - June 3 , 2005 - The City is in the process of creating a Downtown Precise Plan, the policy document that will guide future development and which will implement the community vision for Redwood City’s Downtown area.

A special community meeting and joint study session is scheduled with the City Council, Planning Commission, and Architectural Review Committee for a discussion of the Downtown Precise Plan, and the community is invited to attend and participate. The meeting takes place on Monday, June 13, 2005 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.

For planning purposes, Redwood City’s Downtown is considered the area bounded by Veteran’s Boulevard, Brewster Avenue, El Camino Real, Maple Street, and Main Street. To help create a vision for the future of this area, there are many questions to be addressed, on which the City is seeking community comment, for example:

  • What should Downtown streets look and feel like?
  • What would attract people to live in the Downtown?
  • Is housing in the Downtown financially feasible?
  • What about traffic congestion?
  • What is the right mix of restaurant and retail uses?
  • What kind of architecture is right for Downtown?
  • How tall should Downtown buildings be?
  • Can El Camino Real really be a “grand boulevard”?
  • How can we make the most of the transit facility for both Downtown and the City?
  • What happened in the previous public workshops on the Downtown, and how do we implement the community’s recommendations from those meetings?

This joint study session sets the stage for drafting of the Downtown Precise Plan. Both the Downtown community and the community from throughout Redwood City are invited to join the City Council, Planning Commission and Architectural Review Committee and share their thoughts and ideas for the continued transformation of downtown — the “living room” of the community.

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Susan Moeller
Redevelopment Manager

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