Archived News Release from 2003
For Immediate Release
Conceptual Design for New Courthouse Square
Moves Forward as Second Public Workshop is Scheduled
Redwood City, CA - November 24, 2003 -
The second public workshop for the design of the future Courthouse
Square has been scheduled for Thursday, December 11th from
7 pm to 10 pm at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455
Madison Avenue in Redwood City.
This is the second of four planned workshops, and members
of the community are invited to participate in reviewing the
Initial Design Concept Alternatives. Participants will have
the opportunity to comment on and ultimately decide which
concepts will be refined during the final two workshops, which
will take place early next year.
The concept of the Courthouse Square is to be reminiscent
of a time when every downtown had a central gathering place,
a plaza, or a town square. Those spaces provided a comfortable
place for people to gather, meet, and be part of a real community.
Redwood City intends to have such a central downtown gathering
space again, and the Courthouse Square design workshops are
an important part of ensuring that such a public space meets
the community’s needs and desires.
The City’s intent is to remove the ‘annex’
building and restore the façade of the old Courthouse
on Broadway, across from the Fox Theater. With the annex gone,
the opportunity will exist to create a great public space
for the community, an open plaza in front of the courthouse,
which will bring pedestrians and new life and vitality to
the Downtown area. Ultimately this will be the primary Downtown
open space, the social and symbolic “heart of the city,”
and one of the keys to restoring Redwood City’s historic
downtown. It’s part of the renaissance of our Downtown
that is coming together, and part of building a great community
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