Project Description

The Project as contemplated includes 252 residential units, 97 of which are affordable, along with low-scale commercial buildings ranging from three to four stories amounting to roughly 550,000 square feet of commercial space. The site will also be enlivened by an approximately 8,500 sf child care facility (plus 5,800 sf of dedicated outdoor space), as well as approximately 28,000 sf of retail uses, including a 19,000 sf space that is designed to accommodate a large family friendly use. The project also features 45,000 sf of public open space throughout, including a creek walk and expanded Lone Palm Park at Shasta and Chestnut. 1601 El Camino Real aims to meet the goals of existing zoning and the El Camino Corridor Plan while celebrating and seeking inspiration from the historic uses unique to this area.

The Vision



The site is comprised of approximately six blocks along the El Camino Real Corridor in Redwood City, CA, and is bordered by El Camino Real, Maple Street, Elm Street, Main Street, Caltrain right-of-way, Chestnut Street, Shasta Street, and Cedar Street.

The Site

Existing Conditions

Community Input

What We’ve Learned from the Community

  • More open space and community gathering options
  • Need for family-friendly entertainment
  • Need for childcare
  • Retail that serves the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Retain Main & Elm
  • Traffic impacts & mitigations
  • Affordable housing
  • Coordination with El Camino Corridor Plan
  • Adaptive reuse of historic feed shed on Shasta & Elm
  • Architectural consideration for surrounding area
  • Need for organic development—shouldn’t look like a campus
  • Bike and pedestrian safety improvements and enhancements

Community Meetings

Greystar would like to invite Redwood City residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to the third round of public meetings on the proposed 1601 El Camino Real development project located near El Camino Real and Beech Street in the City of Redwood City.

The 1601 El Camino Real “South Main” project is a proposed mixed-use development comprised of residential, commercial, and open space within walking distance of downtown and the Redwood City Caltrain station. This project is progressing through the evaluation process by the City of Redwood City and Greystar is seeking continued public input and ideas regarding the latest update to the proposed project. Significant new information will be presented about affordable housing, retail, childcare, and community open space as well as answering questions from the community.


Next community meeting:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019  |  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Main & Elm Restaurant: 150 Elm Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

Community Meeting #1

On May 16, 2018, Greystar hosted the first community meeting for the 1601 El Camino Real project in downtown Redwood City at the Fox Forum. Two identical sessions were held, the first in the afternoon and the second in the evening, in order to increase participation and accommodate busy schedules. The meeting notice was emailed…

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Community Meeting #2

On July 17, 2018, Greystar hosted a second set of community meetings at the Fox Forum to discuss the 1601 El Camino Real project proposed for Beech and Main Streets. Two identical sessions were held, the first in the afternoon and the second in the evening, to accommodate busy schedules and ensure maximum community participation.…

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Project Progression: Initial Submission/Revised Submission

We’ve updated our submissions based on community input. Please click on the links to view the project plan submissions or continue through the slide shows below.

Project Progression: How we incorporated community input

Complete Streets

Public Open Space

Pedestrian & Bike Corridors

Active Use Programming

Architectural Diversity

Connect with Us


1526 Main Street, Redwood City

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Previous Events

Greystar was happy to host two community meetings at the Fox Forum in downtown Redwood City on May 16, 2018 and July 17, 2018 to connect with the community and share information about the El Camino Real project.

Make sure to check back here for future events!

Next community meeting:

Wednesday, July 31, 2019  |  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Main & Elm Restaurant: 150 Elm Street, Redwood City, CA 94063