Redwood City is working on a plan to install short-term parking zones and adjust right-of-way usage downtown to support restaurants’ ability to offer take-out services during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place period.
On Monday, the City Council directed city staff to move forward with parking adjustments. City staff consulted with Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Group, which expressed interest in the changes, the city said.
The temporary plan will involve installing short-term parking zones adjacent to restaurant storefronts, city staff said. Due to business interest, the city has temporarily allowed vehicular traffic on Theater Way to promote efficient restaurant takeout services.
The city expects drastically reduced parking need due to the shelter-in-place period. About $2.7 million per year is generated in parking revenue, funds which are primarily designed to offset the cost to manage parking in the city, according to city documents.