Come Aug. 23, nearly 300 schoolchildren will walk in to a new school in Redwood Shores, which is part of a 109-acre redesign and development of the area.
Redwood Shores Elementary School is part of Preserve of Redwood Shores, a development that offers 156 new townhomes, a neighborhood park and restored wetlands, according to Redwood City documents.
Most of the project has been completed, according to Paul Willis, senior civic engineer with Redwood City, but the remaining $1.3 million from the $6.1 million bond is expected to be released Monday after an approval from the joint redevelopment agency meeting.
This remaining money, Willis said, will help pay for the 3.5-acre park in the middle of the development and some tree and street landscaping.
The development is located on the north side of Seaward Parkway, at the northeast end of the Redwood Shores Peninsula. Willis said the permits for the townhomes have been pulled and the developer has a waiting list for homes.
“What I’ve heard is they can’t build homes out there fast enough,” he said. “It’s good for the industry that there are desirable homes in a well-established community on the Peninsula and they are still in high demand.”
Construction began on the site in 2008.
The project will also restore roughly 92 acres of wetlands.
One of the big focal points, though, is the new school, Willis said.
Officials from the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District could not be reached for comment. Schools were let out for summer break June 11.
Construction of the school was funded through Proposition C, which was approved in 2005 for $25 million.
Redwood Shores is the second elementary school in the district located in Redwood Shores, the other is Sandpiper. The district’s four other elementary schools are located in Belmont.
Willis said the project overall is near completion.
“It’s a great little area out there,” he said. “And it's convenient that it’s located next door to a school.”