According to the City of Redwood City Tuesday, residents should expect to see a considerable "boom" in construction projects around town soon.
"Redwood City is going to see a construction boom in 2013, as a variety of new building projects in and near downtown get underway, adding to the excitement of several projects that are already in construction," City spokesperson Malcolm Smith said Tuesday. "This means increased housing around downtown, along with new offices and retail, and the higher level of economic activity that these projects will support."
Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre said, these projects will greatly benefit a prosperous future for the city.
"This is such an exciting time for Redwood City, as the future takes shape right before our eyes," Aguirre said.
"Over the next several years, our community is going to see new construction on several sites downtown. This shows that developers have great confidence in Redwood City, and that our local economy is gaining strength," Aguirre added. "I appreciate the community's patience while these new projects are being built, and urge everyone to share in the excitement of what these developments mean for Redwood City."
Smith added, the City acknowledges that so much construction work taking place all at once can create frustration and complications.
"While the many new residential units, offices, and retail will have a huge positive effect for the community, the construction impacts as the work takes place can be significant," Smith said.
"As the projects get underway, there will be periodic lane closures and detours, construction noise and dust, and heavy equipment in the vicinity," he said. "The City will work closely with the developers and contractors to minimize the disruption, but some level of inconvenience at and near these locations is unavoidable."
Smith said, the largest percentage of new construction will be in new housing.
"There are now about 950 new units planned or under construction downtown, plus another 800 near downtown," he explained. "That means the housing stock downtown is doubling, and when you add the near-downtown units, it's nearly tripling."
Among the notable projects either underway or icurrently n planning are:
- 333 Main Street - 132 residential units (underway)
- 201 Marshall Street - 116 residential units (underway)
- 2580 El Camino Real - 141 residential units (underway)
- 640 Veterans Boulevard - 264 residential units (underway)
- One Marina - 231 residential units (underway)
- Kaiser Permanente Hospital expansion (underway)
- Sequoia Hospital addition (underway)
- Redwood Tower office, Middlefield Road & Winslow Street (breaks ground spring 2013)
- 145 Monroe Street - 305 residential units (proposal in process)
- 490 Winslow Street - 66 residential units (proposal in process)
- 525 Middlefield Road - 471 residential units (proposal in process)
- 2808 El Camino Real - 45 assisted-living residential units (proposal in process)
The downtown and near-downtown projects also include over 2,000 additional parking spaces for their tenants and workers, which will help to maintain the existing public parking throughout downtown, Smith said.
The Redwood Tower project will replace all the spaces in the Middlefield Road parking lot - which is the project site - and add an additional 800 spaces for office workers' use during the day on weekdays, and for public use on evenings and weekends.
Information on these and other projects in Redwood City is online on the City's Community GIS (geographic information systems) page at www.redwoodcity.org/gis (click on "City Projects").
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