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Mayor Forms Saltworks Ad-Hoc Committee

Amidst recent revamped controversy regarding the project, the Mayor has asked two councilmembers to view the options on the table.

The proposed 12,000 home development on the Cargill Saltworks land has received renewed attention with Councilmember Rosanne Foust’s on the proposed Saltworks project and the , Occupy Saltworks. Though the developer has instructed the city to halt all work on the project, Mayor Alicia Aguirre said it was necessary to view all options.

“We don’t know if and when the developer will submit a revised application,” Mayor Aguirre said. “But I thought it was necessary to view all the options on the table.”

The council is at a standstill until the developer makes the next move, but Aguirre asked Councilmembers Jeff Ira and Barbara Pierce to join the ad-hoc sub-committee.

The two accepted and the council will move forward based on their advice, Aguirre said.

At the same meeting the Occupy Saltworks group they opposed the project and focused on other issues, like affordable housing, they believed the council should devote their time to. When one Occupy member’s allotted three minutes was up, another member stepped in to continue.

City Attorney Pamela Thompson also clarified some controversy over the hiring process of the project’s environmental consultants. There is some public opinion that the developer, DMB Pacific Ventures, for the environmental impact report, the document that declares whether the project will have significant, immitigable impacts to the environment. Thompson said that the developer has the freedom to hire consultants for their own application to the city.

“It’s like when someone wants to build a home. They can choose how to build it, how many stories, and who to tell them how,” she said.

But for the final report, she said for selecting environmental consultants.

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4freedom April 24, 2012 at 07:18 PM
“It’s like when someone wants to build a home. They can choose how to build it, how many stories, and who to tell them how,” she said. But for the final report, she said the city would be exclusively responsible for selecting environmental consultants." This is why they kicked the community in the face when the Mel's Bowl construction site was approved. Out of 140+ housing units only 5 were allowed to be affordable. To those making 100,000.00 a year or more. We not only need to have way more than 5 units affordable, but the affordable housing needs to be for those making 20,000.00 a year or more. This goes to show how weak our city council is, they will not stand up against a developer and force them to make more housing units "Truly affordable". Unless this council changes we must vote in members that will stand up against corrupt developers that are more concerned about their own check books than the destruction they will create within the community. The Cargil Construction Site would force many many residence who live within the mobile home park community along our shores to leave. There is no plan to relocate them to another mobile park within Redwood City, there is no relocation plan at all.
4freedom April 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
DMB, the Arizona developer which is located right next to Cargill Saltworks does have a plan to develop HIGH! income housing on top of the Cargill Saltworks Marsh land. This housing would be much more expensive than Foster City. Have you tried to buy a home in Foster City? It is not within the middle class budget I assure you. Right now Redwood City is somewhat affordable but if our City Council allows projects such as Cargill and Mels Bowl to keep being developed, Redwood City would no longer be affordable and we would turn into a city much like Palo Alto. This is gentrification. If we don't stop it we just may be the next community divided just like Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Do you want Redwood City becoming the next East Palo Alto?
4freedom April 24, 2012 at 07:37 PM
If the city council does not decide to allow the building over Cargil, the saltworks land would naturally turn back into marshland. It would become a natural habitat for bay area animals such as birds and fish. It would not shut down the port that is presently there and it would create a park with a natural habitat for the redwood City community much like the Eastern side of Redwood Shores where the buildings and houses are not built. We need a city council that will say no to corrupt developers such as DMB and Urban Housing Group. We need to take back our city, not just for our community but for our children's and grand children's future.

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