REDWOOD CITY SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT FOR POTENTIAL USE OF CITY LAND
City is reassessing land-use options and will kick off a community engagement process in early 2016
For Immediate Release
August 20, 2015
Redwood City, Calif. - The City of Redwood City announced today that it is reassessing plans for a parcel of City-owned land known as the Winslow lot. Based on a public 2012 Request for Proposal process, the City was evaluating conceptual plans for a hotel development on this site. In a recent closed session, however, the Council opted not to move forward with the sale of the land for a hotel concept. The City will now seek input from the community to determine the best use of this downtown parcel. Residents, business owners, and property owners will be invited to provide feedback and thoughts via scheduled community workshops, City Council meetings, online surveys, and other avenues to engage the public. This process will begin in early 2016.
"The Winslow parking lot is located in the heart of downtown in a pivotal location." said Aaron Aknin, interim city manager. "The City has decided to reassess current discussions to redevelop the site and will seek community input to further define the community's ideas and goals for future use of this property."
The Winslow Lot contains 46 public parking spaces, and is located directly behind the old "Pizza and Pipes" location. It is also adjacent to a recently approved 5-office development at 815 Hamilton Avenue, directly behind the Fox Theater. As part of the community benefits package, the Hamilton development will allow a second public entrance and exit out of the Jefferson garage, and will potentially be the primary means of entering and exiting a future garage under the Winslow Lot.
About Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City's downtown and to plan a visit, go to downtownredwoodcity.org.