The Stanford in Redwood City project could be moved one step closer to reality by the Redwood City Planning Commission if it recommends approval of the environmental documents and a development agreement that will deliver millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements, education and even summer entertainment.
The project represents Stanford University’s first significant expansion outside of its main campus. It would create a satellite to accommodate both academic and non-academic users that don’t need to be on the main campus.
If the commission and the City Council both find the final environmental impact report sufficiently addresses the project’s impacts, both groups can then get to work on discussing the merits of the university’s expansion. On Tuesday night, the Planning Commission will consider asking the council to certify the final EIR, approve the project’s precise plan of guidelines and policies, rezone the property as planning community and accept the proposed development agreement.
The proposed plan on part of the former Mid-Technology Park calls for up to 1.518 million square feet of building spaces and approximately 4,500 parking spaces on a 35-acre campus bisected by Broadway and generally bound by Highway 101, Douglas Avenue, Bay Road and Second Avenue. The existing eight office and research and development buildings will be demolished and redevelopment will happen in phases, adding a medical clinic and offices for administration and research. The university will also add new infrastructure, public open space next to Spinas Park and extensions of Barron, Warrington and Hurlingame streets through the campus to improve traffic from vehicles, pedestrians and bikes.
The draft EIR found potentially significant impacts to air quality during construction, hazardous materials and historic and cultural resources including the Ampex sign and 425 Broadway building. Traffic congestion will be mitigated through the street improvements and a shuttle system.
The proposed development agreement between Redwood City and Stanford University would contribute $1.5 million to a street enhancement program, $4 million to the community sustainability fund, $450,000 for bicycle system improvements, $100,000 for bus shelter improvements, $1.5 million for water tank improvements and $1 million of storm water improvements to address existing flood conditions in the project area.
Stanford University will also spend $5 million in education and training programs for city residents and businesses, $1 million for a multi-use recreation and wellness center at Red Morton Park, $250,000 toward the summer concert series and $250,000 for the Redwood City Educational Foundation.
If the Planning Commission recommends the final EIR as expected the City Council will take up the certification at a meting in September.
The Redwood City Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.