Potential 15-Acre Redevelopment for Redwood City Bayfront Property Paused


By Jacob Bourne

A nearly 15-acre site at 557 East Bayshore Road in Redwood City could be up for redevelopment from its former use as a Century Theater if the application to do so is resubmitted. The property that’s just inland from Bair Island has sat mostly vacant since 2008, with intermittent parking and storage uses. A proposal to redevelop the site for housing and a sport club requires a Zoning Map Amendment as the residential component would be high density.

On October 23, 2015, developer SyRes Properties, LLC submitted a formal application to the City that was deemed incomplete just weeks later on December 8. A subsequent City Council study session was then held on March 14 to consider possible zoning and General Plan amendments for both the 557 East Bayshore Road project and a proposed 851 Main Street project. No actions were taken by Council members at the meeting.

“The project is currently on hold,” offered Lisa Costa-Sanders, principal planner. “The applicant indicates that they may submit a revised application within a month or so.”

The plans submitted with last year’s project application called for 550 multifamily residential units looking out towards Bair Island as well as a 100,000 square foot VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa complex. The proposal would require a General Plan amendment to designate the whole site as Mixed-Use Waterfront Neighborhood in addition to a Zoning Map Amendment to make the property entirely Residential Combination District.

The City Council study session presented an alternative that would still entail the same General Plan amendment but would only rezone the rear portion of the site as Residential Combination District. If the alternative approach were taken, the project would be limited to 400 housing units in order to comply with the General Plan’s 40 units per acre. According to Costa-Sanders, the development team is working to reduce the number of proposed housing units.

The VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa would be an upscale, resort-inspired club with indoor and outdoor spaces featuring luxury amenities and fitness, sports, social and educational programming. Locations already exist in Beaverton, Oregon and Colorado Springs with a new location also ahead for San Jose.

The original plan for a  five-story, 550-unit residential, over-garage complex would have included a business center, courtyards, fitness facility, clubhouse, bicycle repair, a pool and outdoor dining areas equipped with fire pits and a kitchen.

Steinberg Architects, ELS Architecture & Urban Design, BKF Engineers, and Camp & Camp Associates have also been involved in the conceptual project.

The developer declined to provide additional information and update on the project and referred questions to its representative who was not ready to share any updates at this point in time.

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