Thanks to Bruce
Beyaert for providing the following information about Point Richmond
Shores, which is located at the former Richmond Terminal No. 1 (last
leased by Petromark as a tank farm in the late 1980’s) at the foot
of Dornan Drive. The project is important to the City of Richmond as
a budget balancer. The City is counting on pocketing at least $7
million net (after cleanup costs) on a $13 million land sale, which
is about $1 million/acre.
I have not had an
opportunity to review this design in detail, but my previous advice
to Toll Brothers was to treat it as a unique site in a world-class
location. The project design should exultingly convey “urban
waterfront community” and not look like it was imported from Modesto
or somewhere else. This should be award-winning architecture that
incorporates the principles of smart growth and new urbanism.
necessarily agree that this project is “controversial,” but it may
need some tuning.
Toll Brothers will describe their proposed
Point Richmond Shores
project to the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council this Wednesday,
Nov. 17. In addition, they have been asked to talk about their
Seacliff Marina project
on the former Bottoms' "toxic mound" property along the shoreline
between Seacliff Drive and Richmond's Point Potrero Terminal. The
meeting begins at 7:30 PM in the downtown Point Richmond community
center next to the closed branch library.
The controversial Point Richmond Shores project would be located on
the former Terminal One site east of Ferry Point with nine 4 to 5
story buildings containing about 300 residential condominium units
as shown on the attached plot plan. The Terminal One warehouse
buildings would be demolished, and the big pier underlying the
southern building would simply be fenced off to preclude public
accesss if the pier is found not to be structurally sound. The
shoreline would be left derelict west of the end of Dornan Drive.
Attached is TRAC's letter to the Bay Conservation and Development
Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board (DRB) requesting:
1. a continuous Bay Trail spine route around the project's entire
perimeter and shoreline. i.e. from Brickyard Cove Road at the NE
corner of the project, along the public pier and shoreline park to
connect with the Bay Trail built by EBRPD leading to Ferry Point;
2. a plan for either rebuilding or demolishing the pier with
restoration of the western and southern shorelines and creation of
additional shoreline park; and
3. relocation of parking lots away from the shoreline.
BCDC's DRB met Monday, November 8 and agreed with all of these
recommendations when they were raised by East Bay Regional Park
District, ABAG Bay Trail Project, Save The Bay and TRAC. The DRB
urged the City and Toll Brothers to investigate the condition of the
pier now so that firm plans can be developed for removal if it isn't
The DRB went futher to severely ciriticize the Point Richmond Shores
project as it was presented by Toll Brothers and their architectural
team, e.g DRB members said.:
"Not living up to its site" .... could
be a "disastrous plan" .."damn near takes views from everybody" ...
should be "maximum views for public" .... adopt an attitude that
"it's a privilege to be on the Bay" .... think of it as a waterfront
neighborhood" ..."develop a public shoreline" ... "rather than nine
pieces, push the buildings together" .... "move east side buildings
to make room for Bay Trail" corridor from Brickyard Cove Road
The DRB also agreed with the suggestion of Brickyard Cove resident
Ed Durban that Toll Brothers should evaluate siting the buildings
back against the bluff where Brickyard Cove Road is located and
moving the road to the Bay side of the projet inland of the Bay
Please attend the meeting to give Toll Brothers feedback on what you
think. TRAC of course would appreciate your support for the
continuous Bay Trail route with generous shoreline access amenities
for the public.
Bruce and Nancy
Bruce Beyaert, TRAC Chair and Nancy Strauch, TRAC Vice Chair
Phone 235-2835 and 237-5021
Dornan Drive Shoreline Access: Referring to the attached
image, what will be done to remove the derelict piers and pilings
along the shoreline west of Dornan Drive and restore this shoreline
for safe public access?
Terminal 1 Pier: The City of Richmond¹s Initial Study for
this project states that if the former Terminal One pier is
determined not to be ³structurally sound² (by whom?) it would be
simply fenced off to prohibit access and use. In this situation, .
Parking: TRAC is very sympathetic to parking issues 6 & 7
raised by BCDC staff, i.e. the wisdom of devoting and the need to
provide of more than the proposed 15 - 20 public parking places.