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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another threat to SW side of SF Bay wetlands...

As Expected, 12,000 Homes proposed on Cargill's Salt Ponds on Southwest Side of SF Bay

Lands were not part of $100 million state purchase 5 years ago
--Project backer drops another Huge project farther south in San Benito County

Developers propose up to 12,000 homes along bayfront at Redwood City

5/13/2009— The project, which DMB will submit to the city next Tuesday, includes a mixture of condominiums, apartments and attached housing on half the 1,433-acre site. There also would be 1 million square feet of office space, retail shops, a fire station, and a trolley system that would connect residents with downtown Redwood City and its Caltrain station, slightly less than a mile away across Highway 101.

The other half of the site would remain undeveloped. Roughly 440 acres would be converted back to tidal wetlands, and another 250 would become parks, baseball fields and soccer fields…. Ironically, although DMB rolled out details of the Redwood City plan Tuesday, only last week the same company announced it was withdrawing another huge housing project on the Santa Clara-San Benito County line, citing the poor economy.

That project, El Rancho San Benito, was to have been a new city with 6,800 homes. But DMB said the job prospects and growth patterns are not the same on the Peninsula. "Each project we do is unique and has different attributes. Decisions about Rancho San Benito are completely independent from Redwood City," said Bruno.

More on Wetlands in San Mateo County:

story on restoration of 1400 acre Bair Island in San Francisco Bay, includes adding 2 feet of dredged bay mud to make it possible for shallow water plants to grow...

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