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Richmond Greenway Approaches Full Funding
February 17, 2006


With the western (Phase 1) portion scheduled to start construction this spring, Richmond Greenway advocates were ecstatic to learn that the eastern portion (Phase 2) has been selected for a highly competitive $1 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)County Bicycle and pedestrian program. See http://www.ccta.net/AGENDAS/TCC/02/07.PDF.

The $1 million will be matched with $1,350,000 from other sources for a total of $2,350,000. That will make a total of about $5.4 million available for construction of both the east and west portions. Still pending is resolution of the eastern terminus of the Greenway at San Pablo Avenue (where it joins the Ohlone Greenway), acquisition of off-street right-of-way at the western terminus (where it meets the bay trail) and a grade separation over the BART and Union Pacific tracks near 23rd Street.

The following tentative schedule for Phase 1 is being finalized:

2/22/06   City Council Accept Bid

2/29/06   City Greenway Website Posted
3/23/06   Notice of Community Meeting sent to Neighbors, Stakeholders
3/23/06   Notice of Construction sent to Neighbors
3/29/06   Community Mtg. 7-9pm  Martin Luther King Center
4/4/06     Notice to Proceed Issued
4/4/06     Signs Placed
4/5/06     Ground Breaking Ceremony 

Take a look at the links shown below for some before and after graphics of the Greenway at the Adachi property. See "before" and "after" views of the area just south of Angelo’s Delicatessen at San Pablo and MacDonald Aves. Imagine walking along the creek on the Ohlone/Richmond Greenway as it winds through the Highway I-80 overpass toward Richmond, with a magnificent view of Mt.Tamalpais filling the horizon!

For "before" and "after" views of the Gateway site south of Albertson's in El Cerrito, take a look at views of the area from the vantage-point of the Adachi property. The first shows how the former Lucky Market (later Albertson's) looked in 1999. The latter, a photomontage created for FOBC by Steve Price of Urban Advantage, pictures how the area could look with a restored creek running through a mixed use development on the El Cerrito Gateway site.

Anyone interested in being placed on the Greenway mailing list, send your name, address, phone number and email to Craig Murray Craig Murray Craig_Murray@ci.richmond.ca.us.