By Meghan Hall
In a unique partnership, developer The Sobrato Organization and the Redwood City School District (RCSD) have submitted initial plans for a new, mixed-use development project at 750 Bradford St. in Redwood City. There, the development team intends to construct a mixed-use development totaling more than 170,000 square feet that will include both a combination of office and residential space.
The project team, which also includes Studios Architecture, Van Meter Williams Pollack, Kier + Wright, and The Guzzardo Partnership, submitted the plans in mid-June. The initial iteration of the plans shows the development will include 170,000 square feet of office space plus 87 workforce housing units for RCSD staff.
“This project fulfills the goal of the Redwood City’s Downtown Precise Plan (DTPP) of creating a vibrant city core while also satisfying City Council’s specific goals of housing, transportation, and children and youth,” planning documents explain. “This partnership allows RCSD and TSO to share resources and realize synergies in combining the sites while allowing economic efficiency to provide a higher quality end product. RCSD and TSO are excited for the opportunity to work together on a proposal that will culminate in a first of its-kind, in Redwood City, project where the sum is greater than the parts.”
The project will combine two parcels–at 750 Bradford and 603 Jefferson–which are currently developed with two commercial buildings. The site also currently serves as home of the Redwood City School District. Project plans also detail an outside rear courtyard on the ground floor, a 5th floor terrace, and both vehicle and bike parking. Residential units will be a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The apartments will range in size from about 460 square feet to just under 1,150 square feet.
The project site sits at the heart of Redwood City, just off of El Camino Real and State Route 101. Peninsula Boardwalk shopping mall is within walking distance, as is Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center, Sequoia Station, anchored by Safeway and Old Navy, and a large array of other shops and restaurants.
As the project moves forward, Redwood City officials will include the project in its “Gatekeeper” process, which seeks to consider multiple potential projects at one time to decide which should be considered for General Plan and Downtown Precise Plan Amendments. These amendments modify the Redwood City General Plan to accomplish several goals, including increase the office and residential maximums allowed under development caps, extend the boundaries of the DTPP and modify the DTPP standards. City documents show that currently, caps for office space and residential uses are “almost met.”
A number of other projects are also included within the Gatekeeper process: 651 El Camino Real, 901-999 El Camino Real, 2300 Broadway, 1900 Broadway and 601 Allerton Street. Under Gatekeeper, the office and residential caps could be increased to accommodate these development projects. The retail and hotel development caps would remain unchanged.
“Since the adoption of the City’s General Plan in 2010, the City experienced significant growth and development due to a variety of factors,” states the Redwood City Planning Department website. “A strong economy and the adoption of the Downtown Precise Plan (DTPP) in 2011 streamlined project analysis and public review by setting overall development caps for office, residential, retail and hotel development.”
Timing for 750 Bradford remains unclear. Redwood City officials have not yet deemed the project application complete, meaning that the project is at its earliest stages. Before breaking ground, the project team will still need to complete environmental and design reviews, public hearings, and the remainder of the Gatekeeper process.
The Sobrato Organization declined to comment at this time.