Friday, April 14, 2017

PRNC may establish traffic & parking committee, agrees to meet from 7-9 p.m

   POINT RICHMOND - The Point Richmond Neighborhood Council is considering establishing a special committee to review traffic and parking in The Point.
     At an April 3 meeting, PRNC board members decided to put the issue on the April 26 agenda for the full council. The proposed committee would report to the PRNC board and the community at large.
    How to join the committee and details about the committee's responsibilities are expected to be part of the discussion at the April 26 meeting.
   Traffic and parking issues have been discussed several times in recent PRNC sessions as concerns - both from the City of Richmond and residents - have been growing with the new housing developments that are likely to come on line in the next year.
    Terminal One, a 323-unit development at the south end of Dornan Drive (shown on the left in the diagram) and Shea Homes 60-unit complex at the south end of Seacliff Drive (on the right) have the green light from Richmond officials. Shea Homes is already beginning construction. Terminal One has had surveyors out for the past week.
    Traffic estimates from those two projects say there could be as many as additional 3,000 vehicle trips per-day generated, some of which will likely impact parking in the downtown business district.
   Another complex that will add to the area's traffic burden - if it wins city approval - would be the 270-unit Bottoms Quarry project proposed by New West Development Corporation of Las Vegas, Nevada. It would be built off Seacliff Drive close to Canal Boulevard.
    New West officials say they won't know how many vehicles the development will add to the traffic count until a full traffic analysis is conducted as part of the environmental impact report process.

Earlier Meeting Time for PRNC

   The PRNC board unanimously agreed this month to roll back the starting time for future PRNC meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. each month.
    The new beginning time starts with the Wednesday, April 26 meeting at the Community Center in Point Richmond.
   "The board felt that starting a half-hour earlier would enable the meeting to cover the presentation and discussion of agenda items more effectively," PRNC first vice president Jordan DeStaebler said,
    "As of late there often has not been sufficient time to adequately cover topics of concern to the community."

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New street striping, one-way streets - and maybe paid parking - ahead for the Point

   POINT RICHMOND - The City of Richmond is circulating a survey to area residents in conjunction with the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council, outlining three possible options for improving parking in the downtown Point Richmond business district.
Parking Kiosk
    All three involve making Park Place a one-way street. One would convert Washington Avenue into a one-way thoroughfare.
    Also under consideration - but not part of this survey - is a "paid parking pilot" program in which pay stations would be placed around the Point.
   "We already have pay stations and mobile payment in the parking lots located in downtown and the 12th Street garage," Denee Evans of the City of Richmond told The Point. They "have been effective in increasing short term, on-street parking occupancy during peak hours."
    Evans also said that with the two residential developments already approved (Terminal One and Shea Homes) - and a third 270-unit project in the city approval process - paid parking is likely needed to alleviate parking problems and congestion.
    Here is a link to a Google docs survey put out by the city:

Comments about the survey, the options, paid parking or any other parking issues can be emailed to:

Below are sketches of the options presented in the survey.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Temple Beth Hillel Passover Seder Tuesday

   POINT RICHMOND, Hilltop - Temple Beth Hillel has invited community members to join in a what it is calling a family-friendly congregational Seder Tuesday.
    This second-night-of Passover event starts at 6:30 p.m.
    Rabbi Dean Kertesz and Cantor Fran Burgess will be retelling the Passover story. There will also be the singing of holiday songs and sharing of a complete ritual meal. A vegan meal option is available.
    For non-members the price is $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 7-12 and $8 for children 3-6.
    Seating is limited so reservations are required by calling or 510-223-2560 or by following this link:
    Temple Beth Hillel is located at 801 Park Central in the Hilltop area of Richmond.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Point email server causing problems

POINT RICHMOND - The automated email system - which notifies people who have signed up for email alerts whenever The Point makes a new post - has been sending out old posts for several days.

We are trying to correct the problem.

The posts so far have all been about Republic Services, stories that were filed months ago.

We regret the problem and hope to have it rectified today.

In any event, always be sure to check the date of any posting, located at the top of the story.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Local connection to 'Today' show segment

   POINT RICHMOND - A NBC-TV Today show segment anchored by Maria Shriver this morning on Super-Agers (as in preventing aging, not making it happen faster) had a local tie-in to the Body Wisdom Studio on Washington Avenue in the Point business district.
    Katy Bowman, author of the newly published book, Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Mobility, was featured in the video, explaining her ideas about ways for people to keep fit and alert, not matter what age they might be.
    Body Wisdom's proprietor, Nancy Allen Burns, is a close associate of Bowman's and teaches something called Restorative Exercise, a Bowman program.
    Burns also conducts a training program for people interested in teaching restorative exercise along with a variety of other health-related classes at the studio.
    In mid-April, Burns will offer a three-hour workshop on dynamic aging.
    For more information check the Body Wisdom website.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

'Angled' parking options for The Point outlined Wednesday at PRNC meeting

  POINT RICHMOND - Options for improving parking in the Point Richmond Business District were presented Wednesday night by two City of Richmond staff members.
    Denee Evans and Patrick Phelan outlined three specific ideas, all of which included making Park Place a one-way street - heading from West Richmond Avenue to Washington Avenue.
   The options all suggested changing the parallel parking on both sides of Park Place to having a mix of angled and parallel parking spaces.
    "We have a number of transportation demand challenges ahead," Evans said. "Parking, traffic congestion, enforcement and the impact of pending housing and commercial developments."
   The housing impacts Evans was referring to include the already approved Terminal One and Shea Homes projects and the proposed 270-unit condo & townhouses proposed by New West Development Corporation of Las Vegas to be built on Seacliff Drive.
    The first option presented would have angled parking on the east side of Park Place with parallel parking on the west. But under this option, these spots would require drivers to back into the angled parking spaces in front of the businesses.
    "It's trickier backing in. But it's easier to see bicyclists when pulling out," Phelan said.
    The second option had the angled parking on the east side also, but motorists would drive straight in.
    In the third option, the angled parking would be on the west side, with normal parallel parking on the east.
   Evans and Phelan also presented a design to improve pedestrian safety on the corner of Railroad and West Richmond Avenues by "squaring up" the intersection.
   The idea of expanding sidewalk areas in front of businesses out into the street to allow for construction of temporary "parklets" was also presented and discussed briefly.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Parking tops PRNC Wednesday agenda

   POINT RICHMOND - A discussion of parking and traffic issues in Point Richmond - with a presentation by Denee Evans of the City of Richmond Transportation-Parking Services - is expected to highlight Wednesday's meeting of the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council.
    The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Point Richmond Community Center and is open to the public.
    Evans made a short presentation to the PRNC in late February about possibilities for a neighborhood parking permit system to help with parking issues.
    Her report - and the question and answer period - was was cut short because of time constraints.
    Her presentation Wednesday is scheduled to begin shortly after 8 p.m.
    In addition to parking and traffic matters, the PRNC is also expected to hear a report on the Point Richmond Business Association (made by Daniel Butt), a report on the Arts of Point Richmond (presented by Altha Humphrey), a report on the Masquers Playhouse (by Kathie Kiehn) and an update on the Plunge West Collaborative Projects presented by Maryn Hurlburt.
    The PRNC will also be welcoming the owners of the newly opened Brezo at Baltic Square, Heather Mervine and Hector Hernandez.

    Here is the full agenda for Wednesday's PRNC meeting: