Saturday, July 27, 2019

PRNC to hear report Wednesday about BNSF plans for trains in Miller Knox park

   POINT RICHMOND - The Point Richmond Neighborhood Council will hear an update and report about Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad's plans to reactivate and use railroad tracks in Miller Knox Park.
     The report will be made by Carol Johnson of the East Bay Regional Park District. The district filed a lawsuit in October of 2017 to resolve the issue.
     Earlier this year, EBRPD offered this statement to clarify the situation:
     “The property containing the remnant rail road tracks was purchased from Burlington Northern Santa Fe in 1991," EBRPD officials wrote. 
     "As part of the purchases, Burlington Northern Santa Fe was granted an easement back for the limited purpose of continuing to serve two adjacent industrial properties, the Bray Oil property and the Terminal One (formerly Petromark) property, only for so long as those industrial sites remained in operation. The Bray Oil property was purchased by the Park District in 1999 and designated open space. The Terminal One property stopped all industrial activity in the 1990s and is now owned by the City of Richmond and is designated for residential uses.”
     The PRNC meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Point Richmond Community Center. Johnson's reported is slated to begin at about 7:20 p.m.
     The PRNC meeting is starting 15 minutes earlier than normal to accommodate an unusually long agenda.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

'Wig-Wag' festival in The Point Sunday

   POINT RICHMOND - The just-completed restoration project of the historic railroad crossing "wig wag" signals in The Point will be celebrated Sunday.
     The public celebration is to commemorate the reactivation of the signals after 18 years of being dormant.
     According to festival organizers, Point Richmond is the only place in the nation where the wig wags are allowed to remain in place.
     The festival will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mechanics Bank. It will include a dedication ceremony and a ceremonial reactivation of the wig wags.
     There will be entertainment, including singing and performances of the Wig Wag Rag (1911) and the Richmond Rag (1908).
     In addition, the work of local, national and international artists will be exhibited depicting railroads crossings. Local artists include Elizabeth Tarr, Jim DeWitt and Linda Lee.
     Thematic posters by Tarr will be available for purchase.

Monday, July 1, 2019

City delays consideration of funding proposal for Terminal One until Sept.

 EDITOR'S NOTE and Update to story below:
    Richmond city officials Monday said the proposals described below will not be considered Tuesday, July 2 - or July 16 - after all. 
    Instead - at the request of the developer - the issues raised in the story are now expected to be taken up in September.
    This story will be updated with links to city documents later this week.

RICHMOND - The Richmond City Council was set to consider a proposal this week to use funds from several city sources - including funds collected from other developers - to help with increased costs at the Terminal One residential project.
     But city officials said the discussion and decision has been delayed and will likely take place in September.
     The council had received a written request to delay a vote on the proposal. And several Point residents were expected to ask the council at the meeting to delay also, citing a short notice of the item being considered.
     The city-collected funds are proposed by the city to help the developer cover increased costs to handle seismic hazards, development of the promised waterfront park and improvements to the Ferry Point Lift Station.
     The details of the fund allocations being considered include:
The Terminal One project site is on the left

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Filming in Point Richmond Monday and Tuesday - here are maps of the impacts

   POINT RICHMOND - Two different companies will be filming in The Point Monday and Tuesday impacting traffic and parking.
     An earlier story about the filming was published Thursday. "PRNC votes to support filming"
     Today the Richmond Police Department released the statement below as well as diagrams of when streets will be closed off and how parking will be affected.
     The RPD says that all businesses will remain open. But Tuesday Kaleidoscope Coffee will be closed because the film crew will be using the facility to film. It will reopen Wednesday.

From the Richmond PD:
"Monday, April 29: Honda USA has hired a production company to film a commercial in Pt. Richmond. The production crew will be in the downtown area from 7 AM - 7 PM. The streets will remain open with intermittent closure for filming. All businesses will remain open, but parking will be impacted. Please refer to the attached map titled “Honda Downtown Pt Richmond...” regarding limited parking and time frames. There will be three RPD officers onsite to assist with traffic and parking.
Tuesday, April 30: Skycar Creative Inc. has been hired to produce a company video by a private firm. They will also be filming in the downtown Pt. Richmond area on April 30. The production crew will be onsite from 8 AM - 6 PM. All streets will remain open with intermittent closure for short periods of time when they film. All businesses will remain open, but parking will be impacted. Please refer to the attached map regarding parking time frames. There will be four RPD officers onsite to assist with traffic flow and parking concerns. Both production companies have been working with the Pt. Richmond Business Association and the Pt. Richmond Neighborhood Council to help minimize the inconvenience placed on stakeholders and local residents. Thank you for your patience and understanding."

Tuesday April 30 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

PRNC votes to support Monday & Tuesday filming in The Point business district

     POINT RICHMOND - The Point Richmond Neighborhood Council gave a nod of approval Wednesday night to two film projects planned for Monday and Tuesday that will impact traffic flow in the business district.
     Both contributed $1,000 to the PRNC for cleanup and restoration work in The Point, including spiffing up the statue near the Community Center. The donations were in addition to fees paid to the City of Richmond to obtain city filming permits.
     The project with the likely much-lighter traffic impact is being done by Skycar Creative, a Point Richmond Company.
     Jane Selle Morgan of Skycar told the PRNC that her company was filming a software commercial Tuesday. When completed the film would be seen on the web only.
     "We are not going to shut down traffic completely, just very intermittently off Park Place," Morgan said. "And a little bit on Washington."
     A bigger community impact will be that Skycar will be filming in Kaleidoscope Coffee all day, necessitating closing the popular coffee shop to the public.
     But Kaleidoscope owner Cassie Cushing said Wednesday night that as a show of gratitude to the community and Kaleidoscope's many loyal customers her coffee shop will be offering a 30 percent discount when it reopens Wednesday May 1, the day after the filming.
     The Honda automotive commercial filming Monday will cause traffic interruptions and parking restrictions from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The commercial is being shot to be shown in Northern California only.
     A description of the Honda shooting schedule is below. A detailed diagram - indicative of when and where shooting and parking restrictions will be happening - was handed out to the public by the PRNC at the meeting but is not available for publication here.
     Richmond Police are expected to be on scene for both film projects.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Traffic and parking likely impacted by filming in The Point Monday & Tuesday

   POINT RICHMOND - The Point Richmond Neighborhood Council will hear reports - and likely discuss - two upcoming film shoots in The Point.
     The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Point Richmond Community Center and is open to the public. The full agenda is printed below.
     The film discussions are listed on the agenda to begin at about 7:45 p.m.
     The first filming is Monday, April 29 - a commercial shoot between 7 a.m. at 8 p.m. for Honda.
     The morning filming will be around the business triangle. A descriptive flyer about exactly where the shooting will be going on and other details about parking is below.
     The second filming is Tuesday, April 30 by Medallia Commercial. The agenda lists Andrea Bloom of Skycar Creative as the contact person. Further details about how much that filming might impact The Point are expected to be discussed at the meeting.
     Parking and traffic flow are expected to be impacted by the Monday event with "no parking" signs posted close to the filming. Richmond Police will be on scene to assist, according to Felix Gehm of Waypoint Films, location manager for the filming.
     "All streets will remain open to the public but we will be temporary stopping traffic during our driving scenes," he said.
     Pedestrian traffic on sidewalks is not expected to be impacted, he said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The PRNC agenda below erroneously lists the Medallia Commercial filming as occurring on Sunday, April 28.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Pacific Boat Show all weekend in Richmond

   RICHMOND - The Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show continues today and Sunday at the Craneway Pavilion (1440 Harbour Way South) and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor (1340 Marina Way South).
     The show celebrates sailing, boating and all types of marine sporting lifestyle.
     In the Craneway, vendors ranging from diesel engines to autopilots to clothing to publications to solar panels have items on display and for sale.
     Seminars on all manner of concern to boaters - and those wishing to become boaters - run each day.
     At nearby Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, new power and sailboats are on display also.
     "We are thrilled to have so many exhibitors, new boats, products and interactive events to involve the community this year," Katie Kelly, Sail America's Association Manager said.
     "Attendees will find the latest boat communications technology, boats, and solar panels."
     In addition, there are a number of younger participants and activities this year including special events put on by Groundwork Richmond's environmentalists and the West Contra County Sea Scouts. Groundwork Richmond will be teaching kayaking. The West Contra County Sea Scouts will be instructing in rope knotting.
     Today free standup-paddle board lessons are being offered by 510 Waterline until 1 p.m.
     Also today, at 6 p.m. Cruising Outpost will hold a party and raffle to raise funds for Call of the Sea, an organization that works with the Educational Tall Ships Foundation Project in Sausalito.
     For more information about the boat show scheduling and tickets, follow this link: Pacific Sail & Power.