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Community Information Study Session on New Development Proposal

Redwood City , CA – The Redwood City Planning Commission invites the community to participate in an informational study session during which a new development proposal will be introduced.

This development design concept is in its very early stages, and encompasses a portion of the area formerly proposed as Marina Shores Village. The community study session is on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 7 pm, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. (Click here to go directly to the Peninsula Park information page)

The purpose of this informational study session is to provide an opportunity to see and discuss an overview of the developer’s initial design ideas for this 33-acre development, which includes 796 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, 10,000 square feet of retail space, public park acreage and promenades, and public access to the waterfront. The City’s project review and community outreach process will also be presented.

No decisions are being contemplated at this early stage – there will be significant opportunity for community involvement and comment over the entire project review period, if and when the development moves forward through the City’s decision-making process. This is an informational meeting for the Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Committee, and interested members of the public to learn about the conceptual proposal and discuss general questions, concerns, or issues that come to mind.

This community informational study session will include graphics of some basic design concepts; a verbal overview of the proposal and outline of the review process to be followed; time for the participants to informally review the materials and ask questions; and a more formal time for discussion of some of the key overarching questions that may be raised.

We’re very mindful of the lessons learned from Marina Shores Village” said Ed Everett, City Manager of Redwood City. “Our commitment is to partner with the community to ensure a purposeful public involvement in this proposal at its earliest stage – which is right now – and to continue to engage and involve the community at every point in the process.

Overall, this development proposal encompasses a smaller area of the previously-proposed Marina Shores Village. Additionally, compared to the earlier proposal the height of the proposed buildings is reduced to a maximum of 120 feet (the earlier proposal had some buildings up to 240 feet). That project was placed on the ballot in November, 2004 and the necessary zoning change was turned down by the voters. The current design concept is a new proposal by the same developer. More information is available online. That web page will be updated frequently.

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Jill Ekas
Senior Planner
(650) 780–7298

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