Four-story office building with retail is up for approval tonight

An artist's rendering of plans for 851 Main St. in Redwood City. Illustration courtesy of Acclaim Companies.
An artist's rendering of plans for 851 Main St. in Redwood City. Illustration courtesy of Acclaim Companies.

By the Daily Post staff

A proposal for a four-story office building at 851 Main St. in Redwood City, which will replace several small businesses including the Tequila Lounge, will go to City Council tonight (June 11) for possible approval.

Acclaim Companies, headed by Mark Johnson of Los Altos Hills, wants permission to build an 85,732-square-foot development that would stretch from Main Street to Walnut Street.

The building would provide space for about 400 employees. It replaces a number of businesses including the Tequila Lounge and Palermo Italian Restaurant.

The development would include 6,900 square feet of retail, a lobby that would double as an art gallery and 246 parking spaces. The parking would be available on nights and weekends.

If council were to approve the project tonight, it would also have to raise the cap for the amount of office space allowed in its downtown precise plan that was approved in 2010. Other developments have already exhausted the square footage allotted in the plan.

The developer is offering the city public benefits totaling $745,000 including a $605,000 payment into the city’s affordable housing fund.

3 Comments

  1. Soulless monstrosity, like most of the buildings being erected around the Bay Area these days. In the meantime Redwood City natives and others leave the area in droves to be replaced by cheap foreign labor. Where’s “The Big One” to chase out all of the fair-weather invaders when you need it?

  2. Appreciate the preservation of historic storefronts. A low building profile near street will not be as imposing as some of the tall buildings being constructed on el Camino. Main st could use some revitalization to increase foot traffic and support local businesses.

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