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

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Upcoming Traffic Workshop

Thank you to those of you who attended a previous Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center-YMCA Project traffic workshop. Your participation and feedback are important to us. We will be hosting more traffic workshops. Please join us to provide your feedback.

  • Thursday, September 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center

Upcoming Architectural Advisory Committee Meeting

The Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center and YMCA project will be reviewed by the Architectural Advisory Committee on Thursday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the design and the layout of the project in more detail. For more information regarding this meeting, please find the notice here

Notice of Preparation

The City is requesting comments and guidance on the scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

The City will process an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the entirety of the project, Phase 1 (Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center) and Phase 2 (Sequoia YMCA building), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to evaluate the potential impacts that the project could generate.  The EIR will evaluate the project with respect to the land use, aesthetics, geology, hydrology/water quality, biological resources, hazards/hazardous materials, cultural resources, transportation/circulation, air quality, noise, utilities, public services, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, population and housing, public services, agriculture, forestry and minerals, and tribal cultural resources. The EIR will also include evaluation of alternatives to the proposed project.  

Public Review Period: Friday, August 24, 2018 to Tuesday, September 25, 2018. The City requests review and consideration of this notice, and invites comments regarding the preparation of the EIR. Comments and responses to this notice must be in writing and submitted by the close of business on the last day of the comment period. Please provide a contact name, phone number, and email address with your comments.  All written comments should be directed to the project planner: Anna McGill, Senior Planner at amcgill@redwoodcity.org

For more information go here.


Project Timeline

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

The application for Phase 1 (Veterans Memorial Building/Senior Center) was submitted to the Community Development Department on July 24, 2018 and is currently under City Review. 


For other project milestones go 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. 

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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

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

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