1111-1227 Arguello is envisioned as a mixed-use project featuring standalone 100% affordable multifamily housing, child care and office buildings.


Hines and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco are pleased to start the process with the City of Redwood City for a preliminary proposal for a new mixed-use project at 1111-1227 Arguello Street along the Arguello Street corridor between Downtown and Whipple Avenue in the Centennial Neighborhood.


Hines and Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco believe this site is uniquely situated to capture the benefits of proximity to both Caltrain and the SamTrans Transit Center to reduce transportation impacts, while advancing the goals of the recent zoning district changes intended to create more mixed- use opportunities, including affordable housing, and other community benefits close to Downtown.

Project Elements

  • Partner with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco to construct a 100% affordable ownership housing project consisting of 33 condominium homes all being two-, three- and four- bedroom units large enough for families
  • Preserve two Mezesville Historic District homes, which will be adapted to be used as a 4,000 square foot public child care center serving at least 30 children from the community
  • Conform to existing zoning and Redwood City’s General Plan
  • Develop approximately 300,000 square feet of office and amenity space


1111-1227 Arguello Street is an approximately 3.5-acre site made up of 6 parcels bounded by Whipple Avenue to the North, Arguello Street to the East, and Caltrain to the West.

The Project Site is located within the Centennial Neighborhood and in close proximity to Downtown Redwood City and is approximately 2000’ (or ½ mile) from the Redwood City Caltrain Station and the Redwood City Transit Center on James Avenue. The Project Site is also two blocks away from the nearest SamTrans bus stop, and an existing bike lane runs adjacent to the site down Arguello Street.

Community Input

Hines is committed to a robust, transparent, and collaborative partnership with the City, nearby residents, and other stakeholders focused on two-way communication, lots of listening, and delivering on City Council priorities—such as affordable housing, child care, and transportation—and exploring categories of community benefits based on the priorities of the adjacent neighborhood and citywide needs.

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APR 08

Virtual Community Open House

FEB 22

Virtual Community Open House

FEB 23

In-Person Community Open House

Community Meeting Recordings

Community Meeting #3
February 23th, 2022 (PDF)
Community Meeting #2
February 17th, 2022
Community Meeting #1
April 8th, 2021
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100% Affordable Housing

The Project proposes an approximately 57K square foot four-story building of 46’-0” height on the southern end of the Project Site, adjacent to the intersection of Arguello Street and Hopkins Avenue.

The housing will contain 33 residential units consisting of 84 total bedrooms. These units will be comprised of 2BR, 3BR and 4BR family-sized units, with average sizes of approximately 965 square feet, 1,250 square feet and 1,220 square feet, respectively.

The units will be for-sale and will be delivered at Moderate, Low and Very Low-Income Levels.

Conforming to Existing Zoning

The Project proposal conforms to the existing General Plan and Zoning requirements. The Project Site is located within the new MUT Zoning District. The Project Site was previously zoned Mixed-Use Live/Work (MULW) and the MUT zoning went into effect in February 2020 (Ordinance No. 1130-381 (1/27/2020).

The intent of the MUT Zoning District is to reflect the transitional nature of the area from lower density residential or light industrial to higher density mixed-use or more commercial, industrial urban areas, promote a mix of low-to-moderate scaled buildings and develop a diverse mix of workplaces and residences, among other goals in keeping with the transitional nature of the area.

Public Child Care

In recognition of the City’s desire for more child care facilities, the Project proposes a public-serving child care facility intended to provide 30 child care slots to be located in the existing homes at 1219 and 1227 Arguello Street, along with a new 1,922 square foot addition, for a total of 4,132 gross square feet and 4,000 square feet of interior space. The Project proposes to adaptively re-use the two historic homes (currently used as commercial) along with a thoughtfully designed additional building that will stitch the two structures together and enable them to function appropriately for child care. Embraced within the heart of the site, and protected from the street, a 2,850 square foot play area will bridge the open space between the office building and the new child care facility.


The affordable housing building will comply with Redwood City’s green building measures and sustainability goals of the General Plan. It will be 100% electric and target a Green-Point Rating.

The office buildings are targeting LEED Gold and Well Certification. To meet these stringent certifications, the buildings are designed to employ passive strategies, such as a high-performance curtain wall and drought tolerant plantings throughout the landscape. To align with Peninsula Clean Energy’s Reach Code recommendations, the office buildings will also be 100% electric.

Utilizing mass timber construction will allow the structures to take advantage of the sustainable features of wood. The embodied energy required to create a timber beam is significantly less and, as a natural material, wood has the unique ability to sequester and store carbon over its lifetime. Lighter in weight, the speed of erection with timber allows for a compressed construction schedule, which minimizes impacts and inconvenience for the surrounding neighborhood.

Community Benefits

The Project is proposing several Community Benefits, which include the following:

  • A 4,132 SF child care facility serving 30 children
  • New for-sale on-site affordable housing comprised of 33 family-oriented units

Interested in receiving updates on the Project and attending future Community Open House Meetings?

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