A New Way Forward
Reimagine Saltworks is a fresh conversation on Saltworks’ potential to be an important part of solving regional challenges. In 2012, the “50/50 Balanced Plan” was withdrawn from the city of Redwood City and will not be reintroduced. Instead, an open public conversation will help us determine the future use of this important site.
Commercial Salt Production
Cargill currently harvests about 500,000 tons of salt in the region each fall. The mechanical harvesting of salt occurs in crystallizers – engineered beds that are rolled, graded, sloped and compacted. Today, this is a working manufacturing site.
Saltworks can be an important part of solving generational challenges. Ever-increasing congestion, unprecedented housing shortages, growing greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea levels, yearly chronic flooding, and a lack of shoreline access are impacting quality of life and future economic prosperity.
Drivers increasingly drive at speeds of less than 35 miles an hour and congestion has increased 80 percent since 2010.
Once again, Redwood City residents and businesses were severely impacted by flooding in 2017 and faced community displacement and economic loss. Saltworks is uniquely positioned to help provide long-term solutions to flood control, sea-level rise, and improved regional quality of life.
By reimagining Saltworks, we can connect the significant gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in this region and unlock more than 1,400 acres for a host of community uses and benefits and engage the Bay to maximize opportunities for generations to come.
Myth Vs. Fact
Facts matter. Below are responses to a number of common myths regarding the future of the Saltworks site. We look forward to an open, transparent, and honest dialogue with you as we reimagine Saltworks.
This is the 50/50 Balanced Plan repackaged.
The 50/50 Balanced Plan was withdrawn from the city of Redwood City in 2012. Keeping all potential future uses on the table, our conversation with you will determine how we move forward to reimagine Saltworks.
This site is the Bay.
This is an industrial salt production site. With the construction of a dam and levees authorized by the federal government, this site was fully severed from the Bay almost 70 years ago.
Left untouched, this site will restore itself.
This is an industrial salt production site today. Tens of millions of dollars will be required to transform the industrial nature of this site for any alternative future uses.
Join the Conversation
Reimagine Saltworks is a fresh conversation on Saltworks’ potential to solve regional challenges. Help reimagine the future for Saltworks. Our partnership is launching an outreach process to help us explore a new vision for the site’s future. We are focused on meeting regional challenges and opportunities together.