Broadway Plaza

Rendering of the proposed Broadway Plaza development.

The massive mixed-use development proposal known as Broadway Plaza in Redwood City will be reviewed by the City Council Monday after the Planning Commission gave the project an enthusiastic thumbs-up last month.

Located at 1401 Broadway and 2201 Bay Road, the proposal from developer Sobrato includes 520 residential units for rent, including 400 market-rate ones and 120 affordable units to be managed by nonprofit developer MidPen Housing. Of the 120 below-market-rate units, 95 will be reserved for those with “low” incomes, 12 will be for those with “very low” incomes and another 12 will be priced at the “extremely low” income level.

Someone making $30,800 a year qualifies as “extremely low” income while a “very low income” person makes $51,350 a year and “low income” comes out to $82,200 a year.

The development proposal also includes 460,000 square feet of office space, 26,000 square feet of retail, a 10,000-square-foot child care facility with an outdoor play area, plus shared underground parking. There will be 1.6 acres of publicly accessible open space with a dog park, water feature and other amenities at the center of the project site between the residential and office buildings.

The environmental impact report estimates 1,720 workers and the child care facility could accomodate 100 to 125 children.

A CVS/pharmacy at the corner of Chestnut Street and Bay Road will relocate to the corner of Woodside and Bay roads to make way for the affordable housing, which, along with the other residential buildings, will be constructed before the offices.

Sobrato has also agreed to donate 13,500 square feet of land for the Woodside/101 interchange project, which aims to reconfigure the roads and create new turn lanes and bike paths. That project is in the design phase and slated to begin in late 2020 or early 2021 if funding is secured.

At a meeting in April, planning commissioners celebrated the proposal for its affordable housing component especially and applauded the developer for listening to residents over the years and incorporating feedback into the final design.

The project evolved significantly since it was first proposed in 2015 and the child care facility and additional open space, for example, was included because the community asked for it.

When the commission reviewed the project’s environmental impact report in December, some commissioners expressed concerns about traffic impacts; the project will generate an additional 3,777 daily car trips, according to the report. But those concerns were ostensibly overshadowed by the project's many benefits as traffic impacts were barely discussed at the April meeting.

On Tuesday, the Redwood City Planning Commission will consider an interim floor area ratio ordinance for single-family homes as well as zoning code amendments for accessory dwelling units to reduce allowable height.

The council will meet 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, located at 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City, and the commission will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at the same location.

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(2) comments

Seasoned Observer

Absolutely irresponsible and obscene to be adding 460,000 SF of office space. The advantage is? We need the jobs? To satisfy the FANGS and their never ending quest to further imbalance housing and jobs? I needed to double check the date of this article to make sure it wasn't April 1.


460,000sf of offices is 3,000 jobs.

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