Office development will put 3,777 cars on the road, add 1,680 jobs and 520 apartments

An illustration of the Sobrato Organization's proposal for 1401 Broadway in Redwood City.

Daily Post Staff Writer

A development that will put 3,777 cars on the road each day and result in 1,680 jobs won the unanimous approval of the Redwood City Planning Commission last night (April 24), one step away from final approval.

The Sobrato Organization’s development for the corner of Broadway and Woodside Road now goes to City Council on May 20 for final approval. The development, which will replace a CVS, includes 520 apartments and 420,000 square feet of office space. Using the standard of one job for every 250 square feet of office space, the development would accommodate 1,680 jobs.

At previous hearings, residents said they were worried about the number of cars the development would add to the nearby Woodside Road-Highway 101 interchange, which is already crowded.

Sobrato submitted this illustration to the city for its proposed development at Broadway and Woodside Road in Redwood City.

But last night, traffic didn’t come up. Instead, commissioners and some of those who went to the microphone raised concerns about the aesthetics of the project, but were still supportive of the project.

Sobrato was credited for making changes to the development based on the comments of residents at previous hearings.

Changes from original plan

Some modifications from the original proposal include moving the CVS from its current location across Woodside Road so the 120 low-income apartments could be included in the main development. Sobrato also added a child care center to the project, which came at the request of residents.

The project will include a 10,000-square-foot child care center, which will have space for 100 to 125 children and an outdoor area for the children to play.

The development will also include 26,000 square feet of retail space.

Sobrato is donating 13,500 square feet of land to be used for rebuilding the interchange once construction begins, but a start date has not been scheduled yet. Sobrato also has land dedicated to be the staging area when the project begins, said Sobrato’s Real Estate Development Vice President Peter Tsai.

Low-income housing

As part of the project there will be 95 low-income apartments (a family of two would have to earn $93,950 or less to be eligible), 12 very low-income apartments (a family of two would have to earn $58,650 or less) and 12 extremely low-income apartments ($35,200 or less for a family of two).