Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center-YMCA Project

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Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center-YMCA Project (Joint Project with the YMCA of Silicon Valley)

What's New?

January 28, 2020 Update 

On December 16, 2019, following a public hearing, the City Council waived the first reading and introduced an ordinance to rezone the property at 1455 Madison Avenue, 711 Nevada Street and an adjacent parcel with no address. The City Council adopted a resolution certifying the Final EIR; adopted CEQA findings, a Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program and a Statement of Overriding Considerations. The City Council also adopted a resolution approving the City-YMCA Master Project Agreement, including a Form of Ground Lease and Purchase Sale Agreement. Lastly, the City Council, by motion, approved the design of Phase 1 of the project, which includes the Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center building, a public promenade, the east parking lot and traffic calming measures.

The staff report and materials from the December 16, 2019 City Council meeting can be found here.

The VMSC Phase 1 project is now being reviewed by the Building division. It is anticipated that construction will begin mid-2020.

Project Timeline

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On November 19, 2019, the Planning Commission considered a recommendation that the City Council certify an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), recommend approval of a Zoning Map Amendment from Residential Duplex (R2) to Public Facilities (PF), and recommend approval of the design for Phase 1 of the project (Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center). The meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. The City Council made a final decision on the Zoning Map Amendment, project design and CEQA certification at the scheduled hearing on December 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Public notices were sent after the hearing date was confirmed.

For more information, please see the notice of public hearing here


The Draft EIR for the proposed project is now available for a 45-day public review period. The public review period goes from June 7, 2019 through July 22, 2019. The Draft EIR can be viewed here, and the Notice of Availability and Public Hearing can be seen here

Para más información en español, favor de comunicarse con (650) 780-7234 o planning@redwoodcity.org.

On Monday, March 25, the City Council will receive a design development presentation on the project and City staff will seek City Council input and direction to initiate development of construction documentation for Phase I of the project. For the staff report, click the link below. 

March 25 City Council Staff Report


The Architectural Advisory Committee will be holding a public hearing to discuss the development of Phase 1 of the new joint facility. The hearing will take place on Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Rd. The Public Hearing Notice can be seen here.

Para más información en español, favor de comunicarse con (650) 780-7234 o planning@redwoodcity.org


Keeping community members and seniors cool on hot days and warm on cold days is a high priority design principle of the proposed Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center. The new climate control system ensures that even on the hottest and coldest days, the new building will offer comfortable temperatures and will have on demand cooling and heating--while still putting our best carbon footprint forward.The innovative approach uses solar chimneys, hydraulic piping, natural ventilation, thermal mass and solar mitigation which will adapt to future climate change. Read more in our Redwood City Voice blog here

For a more detailed summary of the Climate Control System, click on the link below: 

Climate Control Details Summary
Project Update June 28, 2019

June 7, 2019

The City of Redwood City is the Lead Agency and has prepared an Environmental Impacts Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed VMSC YMCA project to analyze potential environmental impacts and identify mitigation measures to reduce significant impacts to a less-than-significant level.

The Draft EIR is available for public review starting on June 7, 2019 through July 22, 2019. Comments on the draft EIR must be given at the public hearing or in writing by July 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. All written comments should be directed to:

Anna McGill, Senior Planner | amcgill@redwoodcity.org | (650) 780- 7278 | 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City 94063

A public hearing on the Draft EIR will be conducted by the Planning Commission at its July 2, 2019 regular meeting, which begins at 7:00 PM, in the Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. The Cultural Resources chapter of the Draft EIR will also be brought to the Historic Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) at its July 11, 2019 regular meeting, which begins at 7:00 PM, in the Redwood City Council Chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City specifically to discuss the loss of a historic resource as part of the proposed project.

Draft EIR

Planning Application Submittal for Phase 1- Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center

March 20, 2019

The Project architect, ELS, revised project documents in order for the application to be complete and move the project approval process forward. ELS has been working on responding to City staff comments and resubmitted plans on February 20, 2019. The revised plans and forms can be accessed below.

  1. VMSC/YMCA Phase 1 Plans
  2. VMSC/YMCA Phase 1 Forms and Reports

For other project milestones click here.

Proposed Project Details 

The Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center-YMCA project is designed to meet Redwood City's growing needs and enhance the community's fitness, wellness, and recreational resources. By fostering this public-private partnership, the City and the YMCA will leverage their unique strengths to better meet the long-term recreational, health and social needs of the Redwood City community and promote the City's strategic initiative of attaining 'A Community for All Ages.'

The Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center facility and YMCA facility at Palm Park are aging and will require future improvements to meet Redwood City’s changing needs. The joint project is designed to enhance the community's fitness, wellness, and recreational resources. After much community discussion about whether to rebuild or renovate, a decision has been made to rebuild and re-imagine these facilities. The revised design proposal will provide better integration of the new facilities within Red Morton Park, preserving valued open green space.

The project would include a brand new modern Veterans Memorial Senior Center (VMSC) with a theater, catering kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, senior club room, non-profit partner offices, gardening space, and technology hub.  Programs that seniors are receiving right now, for free or low-cost, will continue at the new VMSC. The campus of buildings and spaces that will be replaced include the Veterans Memorial Building, Herkner Pool, Wellness Center (Old 49er Building), Resource Building (City Administration and Senior Center Gift Shop), and the NFL Alumni Building. 

Project Video


Ways to Join the Conversation



Join the conversation and provide direct feedback to the City on the project by emailing your comments to city-ymcafeedback@redwoodcity.org.


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Other Project Updates

March 2019: Project Update

August 24: Project Update

July 27: Project Update 

May 18: Project Update

March 12: City Council Meeting Update and Conceptual Design Video

March 2: Project Update 

February 22: Project Update 

February 16: Project Update

January 26: Project Update 

January 24: Project Update

January 12: Project Update

December 14: News Release- Project Master Planning Process Moves Forward

December 14: Project Update

November 9: Update on the architectural agreement

Helpful Documents

Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Needs Assessment 

Prior Archived Meetings and Documents

Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA)

Traffic Calming Final Report

Contact Us

For more information or questions, please contact Chris Beth, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director at 650-780-7250 or cbeth@redwoodcity.org