Project Description: The Jay Paul Company is proposing a massive office complex in Redwood City, on the former Malibu Grand Prix and Lyngso sites. At 1.2 million square feet, the Harbor View project would house about 5,000 employees in four 7-story buildings on 27 acres. Because the site is near the Bay–in fact it is right across the street from the Cargill salt ponds–the area is vulnerable to sea level rise and not close to any transit center.
Committee for Green Foothills opposes the Harbor View project because it is an example of bad planning. Aside from the doubtful wisdom of amending the General Plan to allow significantly increased density of commercial development when the region is in the midst of a housing crisis, this is the wrong development in the wrong place. Office development should be located in downtown infill areas, close to transit, not out on the far edges of the city where access is constrained by Highway 101. In particular, the fact that this site is vulnerable to sea level rise makes it a bad place to put an amount of development that would be more than double that in Redwood City’s downtown.
The Harbor View project is a remnant of the former Inner Harbor Specific Plan, which the Redwood City Planning Commission rejected in 2015. Although the City Council allowed the Harbor View project to move ahead with an Environmental Impact Report, the project is still inconsistent with the General Plan.
Our Goal: We will be advocating for Redwood City to uphold good planning principles and reject the proposed Harbor View development.
For More Information or to Get Involved: please contact our Legislative Advocacy Director Alice Kaufman at: [email protected]
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