The long-awaited, long-debated redevelopment of the College Terrace Centre on El Camino Real began with the first cracking and splintering of wood beams and concrete on Thursday, April 10. Heavy equipment moved in to chew up trees, ducts, pipes and plaster on the block-long lot between College and Oxford avenues.
The demolition is taking down office and retail space where the former Futon Shop and JJ&F Market once resided. The site will be home to 66,000 square feet of mixed-use, transit-oriented development.
Set on 1.4 acres at 2100 El Camino Real, the center will consist of one two- and another three-story structure with a full-service grocery store, office space, affordable housing, an outdoor market and a 5,000-square-foot park. A two-floor underground parking structure will have 218 spaces.
The site will also have eight below-market apartment units, according to developers.
"We are delighted to bring a full-service grocery store to the area in addition to providing a first-class mixed-use project that serves multiple needs in our local community," said Patrick Smailey, principal of Redwood City-based Twenty-One Hundred Ventures, LLC.
Blach Construction of Santa Clara is constructing the buildings with Carrasco & Associates of Palo Alto as the designer. Demolition is expected to take two to three weeks, followed by soil and water-sample boring to see if there are any contaminants on the site, said Stuart Young, superintendent for Blach Construction.
A monitoring well near JJ&F Market on College Avenue was found clear of contaminants by inspectors, but Young said the site will be further monitored post-demolition because of the underground parking garage.
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