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Bay leaders denouncing Cargill plan

Daily Journal Staff Report, 2/25/10

The environmental nonprofit working to halt a proposed development on the Saltworks site in Redwood City will join with current and former elected leaders today in calling on the City Council to oppose the project.

Save the Bay, whose opposition to building anything on the land is well-documented, will be joined by former Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier, Menlo Park Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson and former Mountain View mayor and state assemblywoman Sally Lieber.

The battle between the Redwood City Council and surrounding cities like Menlo Park is the latest wrinkle in the controversial proposed development. Menlo Park officially passed an ordinance opposing development and other cities like Belmont have considered the same. Redwood City officials, however, counter than the environmental review process must be followed.

DMB, the developer hoping to provide a mix of housing and retail on the site, feels the same.

“We believe let the process play out. The EIR is a process by which all should be heard,” said DMB spokesman Pete Hillan.

The proposed so-called 50-50 Balanced Plan calls for 50 percent of the 1,436-acre site to be preserved for permanent open space, public recreation and tidal marsh restoration and the remaining half be developed into housing, schools, parks and retail and transit facilities. The site could house up to 12,000 housing units.

In early February, Redwood City leaders accepted reports finding there is enough water and traffic circulation within the project area to make it feasible.


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