By Jacob Bourne
In January, KB Homes submitted plans to Redwood City for a proposed condominium project at 601 El Camino Real. The all-residential project would offer 33 for-sale housing units, 66 parking spaces, 4,802 square feet of storage space for residents and nine publicly accessible parking spots. An auto dealership currently exists on the 23,825 square foot site and would be demolished if the project receives approval.[contextly_sidebar id=”fcSyeCIExBGzaFSD5uCaA83EK0UXzI0D”]“As of right now an application has been submitted by the developer and we’re reviewing it for completeness,” said Christopher Rogers, associate planner, Redwood City. “The property is not located in any specific plan area, just zoned for Mixed-Use Corridor El Camino Real. The zoning already allows for residential and there are many different uses along El Camino Real. The site wasn’t necessarily specifically envisioned for residential, that just happens to be the proposal.”
SDG Architects, HWA Landscape Architecture, BKF Engineers and Stevens, Ferrone & Bailey Engineering Company, Inc. are also involved in the planning process. The 1.2-acre site is bordered to the Northeast by Hopkins Avenue and is nearby an array of retail and commercial businesses.
The proposal calls for two and three bedroom units ranging from 1,120 square feet to 1,375 square feet offering private decks and porches for the residences. Many of the units have front door entrances along El Camino Real, with separate garage entrances at the buildings’ rear. The structure reaches to a height of 38 feet with a peaked shingled roof. The facade features an earth tone color scheme with a stucco wall finish and decorative metal awnings and railings.
Plans for open space on the small scale property include a total of 4,802 square feet of outdoor common space. A landscaped courtyard will include bike shelters, concrete walkways, picnic tables and wrought iron benches interspersed with mature trees. A wooden fence with stucco wall panels will separate the development from El Camino Real.
“After the review, if the application is deemed complete, the next step is to go through the environmental review process,” Rogers said. “No meetings are scheduled for this project because it’s so early in the process.”
According to Greg Wilson, a Redwood City resident of over 25 years, the project will help fill a somewhat vacant stretch of the Eastside of El Camino Real. He expects the existing Honda Redwood City dealership to relocate to Industrial Road in San Carlos later this year. The project site is a half-mile walk from the Redwood City Transit Center as well as Sequoia High School. In addition to a nearby Chavez Supermarket, a UPS Store, First National Bank of Northern California and Flyers gas station are in the vicinity.
The Mixed-Use Corridor El Camino Real zoning district is one of five similar sub-districts in Redwood City, including Veterans Boulevard, Redwood Creek, Streetcar Broadway and Gateway Broadway. The land use category is geared to create development opportunities that are complementary and facilitate the use of transit and bike routes. Along with the Downtown Precise Plan, the designation allows for the highest density housing in Redwood City.