Short and Sweet

This week, a short (for me) post. As I thought I might, I skipped last week due to various Thanksgiving activities (and the fact that I was out of town all that week, and part of this week). So I haven’t been walking around Redwood City recently, although I at least did a “Turkey Trot” 5K walk (they of course had a run, but I’m not a runner) down in Oceanside, California. My wife and I didn’t get back into town until Wednesday evening, and then with all the rain on Thursday, I stayed cooped up inside. As for Friday, I had to fly to San Diego to attend a memorial service for a close family friend. Next week is pretty clear, though, so I plan to take, if possible, two long walks.

Speaking of rain, I’m looking forward to picking up my two new rain barrels (to go with the two I already have) on Saturday morning. It appears that all four pickup events in San Mateo County are fully booked, so hopefully those of you who want them managed to sign up in time. I note that they do have a waiting list, though, so if you missed out, let the county know by adding yourself to a waiting list; perhaps if enough people show interest, the county will get more.

I may not have been out walking this week, but on Thursday I did drive over to check on three of my favorite projects this week. First, the Blomquist Extension (just east of Highway 101, on Maple Street at Blomquist):

As you can see, this thing looks like a real road now. it has not yet been paved, but I’m guessing that once the rain stops and things dry out a bit, asphalt may not be long in coming. This new section of Blomquist Street will provide access not only to the county’s Navigation Center (under construction, visible at the right edge of the above photograph) but also to the 131-unit townhouse project being built along the southern edge of Redwood Creek (and not visible in the photograph; the townhouses you see in the distance are part of the One Marina development on the north side of the creek).

Here is a better look at the two conventionally built buildings that will be part of San Mateo County’s new 240-bed Navigation Center:

The right-hand building will be the center’s dining hall, whereas the building closer to the center of the picture will be its “Community Building/Support Center.” Other than these two, the entirety of the rest of the center will be rapidly assembled from pre-fabricated units that have yet to arrive on-site. I keep watching in the event that they show up; it may not take long to assemble the two- and three-story buildings that will be constructed from these units. Most will be residences — there will be 82 “sleeping modules” that either have three separate bedrooms (for singles) or two separate bedrooms (for couples or for those with special needs) — but there will also be modules with toilets and showers, and other modules that will be used as offices and for other administrative functions.

I’m looking forward to watching the modules arrive and be placed in their new homes, and given that the County has been planning to have this Navigation Center wrapped up by the end of the year, either these things will go together very quickly (and very soon), or the County is going to miss its self-imposed deadline (which is my guess). Even if they do miss that deadline, though, I don’t think they’ll miss it by much. And once the Navigation Center is open, the folks currently living in the Maple Street Shelter at the very end of Maple Street (where it dead-ends into Highway 101) plus others will move in, and the old shelter will be torn down.

The 1548 Maple Street townhouse project, which is being constructed between the Navigation Center property and Redwood Creek, is also making good progress, although I have yet to see evidence of any buildings actually being constructed. That project will not only be accessible from the extended Blomquist Street, behind the Redwood City Police Station, but also from Maple Street, next to what is left of Docktown Marina’s parking lot remains. The road that will run through the center of the development off of Maple Street is in a state very similar to the Blomquist Extension: it looks to be just waiting for asphalt:

The new road is that ramp you can see above; even more than the Navigation Center site, this project site was raised rather significantly in order to deal with future sea level rise. Between the ramp and the orange barriers is the entrance to the Docktown Parking lot, by the way, and the temporary road leading to the Maple Street Shelter (you used to get there by making a sharp left at this spot, but that segment of Maple Street has long been subsumed by the townhouse project). The contractor has provided a really nice walkway/bikeway alongside this temporary road to the shelter, one that also branches off and leads to the “Bridge to Nowhere” over Redwood Creek. That is the route I use when walking in the area.

That’ll do it for this week; I promise to explore other parts of the city (and to revisit this part, which is changing very rapidly from one week to the next) next week. Until then, though, have a good week, and stay dry (or not; don’t you just love the rain?!?).

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