Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Harbor View office complex moves forward

San Mateo Daily Journal, July 26,2017

How Redwood City will protect its industrial zones, accommodate an influx of office workers and change with some $70 million in community benefits promised to the city by the Jay Paul Company were top of mind for Redwood City officials Monday as they reviewed the developer’s proposal to build a 1.2-million-square-foot office complex east of Highway 101 at the vacant site of the former Malibu Grand Prix.

The council voted 4-2, with Councilwoman Diane Howard absent, to initiate a study of the plan to build laboratories and offices at the 27-acre site east of Highway 101, which require an amendment to the city’s general plan designating the site for light industrial and port-related uses. It was the second time the plans, dubbed the Harbor View project, had come before city officials, following the Planning Commission’s rejection in November out of concerns about the project’s fit with the area’s existing zoning and density.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Redwood City Council Hearing on Harbor View Project - July 24, 7 pm, Council Chambers

The Redwood City City Council will be hearing a request by Jay Paul Company to initiate a General Plan amendment for the Harbor View Project on:
Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall
1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

The public will have an opportunity to provide comments at the meeting. Meeting materials can be found here (click on item 8B).

Jay Paul Company has been seeking permission to build a massive technology office complex on the former Malibu Grand Prix and Lyngso properties, just across Seaport Blvd. from the Cargill salt ponds. The project will consist of four 7-story office towers, totaling nearly 1.2 million square feet (more than double the office capacity allocated for downtown Redwood City), an amenities building, and two parking structures with capacity for more than 3800 vehicles. If the Council decides to let the project move forward, a project review process will begin, which will include preparation of an Environmental Impact Report with public review and comment, and future consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council. If the Council decides not to approve Jay Paul's request, the project cannot be built, because the proposal is inconsistent with the General Plan's Light Industrial land use and associated zoning for the site.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Harbor View office plans resubmitted

San Mateo Daily Journal, July 12, 2017

The developer is scoping plans for the four-building, seven-story project in meetings with communities that may be affected by it in an effort to address concerns planning commissioners previously cited about high-density along the city’s Bayfront and its conformance with existing zoning.

Expected to make nearly 1.2 million square feet of office space available at 320 to 350 Blomquist St., the project plans are set to go before the City Council at either its July 24 or Aug. 28 meeting, according to Assistant City Manager Aaron Aknin.

Laura Teutschel, spokeswoman for The Jay Paul Company, said a community meeting held earlier this year at the Redwood City Police Activities League, 3399 Bay Road, an open house planned for July 12 at the Highland Community Club, 1665 Fernside St., and other meetings with community groups are expected to collect more community input on the plans than was collected last year.

Aknin confirmed the developer is including many of the same project specifications for the 27-acre site in its resubmittal, and will be requesting an amendment to the zones indicated for the site in the city’s general plan. Though the site currently allows for industrial uses, the developer is asking for it to be updated to allow commercial park uses.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Six vying for four Redwood City Council seats

Six vying for four Redwood City Council seats
September 11, 2015
By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal

The Redwood City Council is guaranteed to have at least one new member next year as Barbara Pierce is being termed out of her seat after filling it for 16 years.

There are four seats up for grabs on the seven-seat council in the November election with Alicia Aguirre, Ian Bain and Rosanne Foust seeking re-election.

They are being challenged by Janet Borgens, Shelly Masur and Tania Solé.

The Daily Journal sat down with all six candidates to discuss issues such as the city’s booming downtown, lack of affordable housing, development east of Highway 101 and traffic.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

OP-ED: Salt ponds not zoned for housing

San Mateo Daily Journal April 01, 2015

I would like to publicly thank our local members of Congress for weighing in on the status of the salt ponds in Redwood City. Speaking only for myself, I fully support the efforts of U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and the other Bay Area members of Congress who are seeking clarity on whether the salt ponds are “indeed waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.”

The clarity at the federal level will determine whether Cargill and DMB come back to the city of Redwood City with another proposal. If they do come back to us, I want it on record that I am not interested in another housing proposal, which is inconsistent with the zoning. Right now, the salt ponds are zoned “tidal plain” which means the site can’t be developed with a residential project. Unless the residents of Redwood City want to rezone the area to allow residential use, then Cargill should not propose another housing project on that site.


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