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City’s Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report Underway for Century 12 Site

Redwood City, CA - December 20 , 2006 - The non-binding letter of intent between Redwood City and Century Theatres provides the City with the opportunity to investigate the possibility of leasing the Century 12 site for use by auto dealerships. If determined to be feasible, this would then offer the potential for closing those theaters and providing an alternate land use which is more compatible with existing nearby uses.

One of the first steps in this determination is the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR). This document will describe the environmental impacts associated with the project, which may include traffic, air quality, noise, city services, and land use, among others. The EIR discusses these potential impacts and determines which ones are significant. It also describes mitigation measures to reduce the impacts to an appropriate or acceptable level.

Redwood City has now begun the preparation of the Draft EIR for what is now known as the “East Bayshore Auto Dealership Project” on the 14-acre Century 12 site at 557 East Bayshore Road. The City is seeking community comments on the impacts and issues that should be discussed in the Draft EIR.

The “Notice of Preparation” of the EIR for this project includes the project description, location, and potential environmental effects. Copies of the Notice of Preparation can be obtained by calling 780-7234, or by going online.

Comments should be directed to Pat Webb, City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. The closing date for receiving comments on the Notice of Preparation is January 22, 2007. The Draft EIR will be released for public review and comment in spring, 2007.

The letter of intent provides the City with a 150-day period to negotiate with the owners (Syufy) on a potential lease the Century 12 property, perform “due diligence” (which includes preparation of the Draft EIR), ascertain the feasibility of sub-leases to auto dealerships, and determine if a long-term lease agreement makes economic sense for the City. Any lease agreements ultimately considered by the City will of course go through a City Council consideration and approval process, including public meetings and discussion.

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Pat Webb
Economic Development Manager
(650) 780–7293

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