Tonight Jan 27, Redwood City kicks off station area transformation

On Monday January 27th at 7pm, Redwood City’s City Council will discuss the city’s Central Redwood City plan, focusing on Sequoia Station and the creation of a new Transit District:

Source: Redwood City Staff Report

Meeting details:
Where: Council Chambers: 1017 Middlefield Road Redwood City, CA 94063
When: Monday, January 27th at 7pm

What: Agenda item 9.A: Discuss next steps for a City-led Central Redwood City Plan including the Transit District, Sequoia Station General Plan Initiation, Community Visioning and Gatekeeper Process

Station transformation

As the 2020s get started, the Redwood City transit center provides major opportunities for transformative change to take advantage of electrified Caltrain. Major changes to the station infrastructure – making it a passing area for express trains to pass locals, and separating the tracks from the downtown streets – could unlock major increases in transit ridership on the entire Caltrain corridor, connect to rail service across the Bay on the Dumbarton corridor, and improve safe downtown connections for people walking, bicycling, taking transit, and driving. 

At Monday’s meeting, Council is expected to authorize city staff to develop a memorandum of understanding with the  partner transit agencies to plan for the complex and important station infrastructure improvements.

The station planning will be woven in with community visioning and planning for the next phase of the city’s downtown transformation. Downtown Redwood City’s redevelopment in the 2010s brought many great jobs, revitalized shopping/entertainment options, and some new housing to the area, all in an area well-served by the Sequoia Station transit center.

The existing Sequoia Station development is one story with a large surface parking lot for the Station’s businesses.  Now, the city is looking at smarter ways to make use of this space with as a dense, walkable place with a mix of uses that serves the residents, commuters, and workers in the area. 

At Monday’s meeting, City Council will discuss the proposed community visioning process for this area.  Come or write to share your thoughts – some topics to consider:

  • A well-rounded outreach/community vision process that takes on feedback from all members of the community: young and old, homeowners and renters, and those who work in the community but can’t afford to live there
  • Making the most of this mixed-use development by creating much-needed homes for local workers. 
  • A balanced mix of homes and jobs in the broader downtown area, not just the Sequoia station site.  Given the near-500,000 sqft of office space created in downtown since 2010, this is a perfect opportunity to balance it with additional housing for workers at all income levels.  
  • Integrating station infrastructure with new buildings, crossings and public spaces to enable a more walkable, enjoyable and convenient place that supports much more frequent and useful transit service for the region.

The average home sale price in Redwood City is $1,480,000 as of this article’s publication date, which places stable housing out of reach for all but the most highly-paid workers.

In an upcoming meeting on the 24th of February, City Council is expected to start a General Plan update process.   Stay posted for opportunities to make your voice heard. You can contact Redwood City City Council, council@redwoodcity.org