Redwood City Proceeds with Ambitious Inner Harbor Redevelopment Plan

Redwood City, Bay Area, Inner Harbor, Docktown, San Mateo County, San Mateo County Community College, Harbor View Place, Jay Paul Co, Cornish & Carey

RC Inner Harbor concept plan

By Robert Carlsen

With the public comment period for Redwood City’s Inner Harbor Specific Plan and EIR concluding Jan. 25, the city’s planning department is anticipating an early summer vote by the Planning Commission and City Council to get the 99.7-acre redevelopment off the ground.

At a Planning Commission hearing earlier this month, Steven Turner, the city’s planning manager, and Crescentia Brown, community development director for Environmental Services Associates, went over the highlights of the specific plan and EIR, respectively.

[contextly_sidebar id=”o4CEVIjFatvqAJUlEuhIpcGDgJgyKNSW”]The Inner Harbor is the area of the city north of Highway 101 bounded by Redwood Creek and Seaport Blvd. The specific plan area currently encompasses varying levels of recreational and watercraft uses, marinas and businesses, industrial uses and waterways. The majority of the area is made up of former tidal wetlands that were converted to upland uses. Approximately 30 percent of the area still consists of open waters and wetlands that receive tidal inundation. The area known as Docktown, located on Redwood Creek along the western border of the plan area, has operated since 1964 and includes a marina with approximately 100 watercraft, some of which are private live-aboards, according to the specific plan.

Outdoor storage comprises most of the western portion of the plan area and public uses that include the city police station, the San Mateo County replacement jail (which is currently under construction), the county’s women’s jail and work furlough facility, and the Maple Street Shelter currently exist in the south/southwest portion of the area. The eastern portion, primarily south of Bloomquist Street, includes the recently closed and demolished Malibu Golf and Grand Prix facilities and building and lumber supply businesses. The remainder of the area is vacant land north of the slough.

Turner said the plan area will have land-use opportunities for new bayside homes; a new floating home community; new employment center set in a campus-like setting; enhanced and restored wetlands; active parks; walking, biking and watercraft trails and paths; water-oriented recreational activities; and a possible wetland or water-oriented nature center. The area will continue to house the Redwood City Police Department’s headquarters and house San Mateo County’s Maple Street Correctional Facility.

The eastern portion of the plan area, designated “Inner Harbor 2,” will house a 26-acre office development called Harbor View Place, developed by Jay Paul Co. The development is proposed as a high-tech complex with four nine-story buildings encompassing 1.2 million square feet of floor area and 4,000 parking spaces.

Phil Mahoney of Harbor View’s leasing agent Newmark Cornish & Carey said he’s “very optimistic” about the mid-peninsula region’s potential in the commercial marketplace and not a lot of office construction is going on, especially nothing of this scale.

“The next steps are to have additional outreach in early 2016,” said Diana O’Dell, principal planner for the city. “We haven’t determined a final date for the planning commission and council vote on the plan, though mid-second quarter or early summer is likely.”

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