Sunday, March 12, 2017

Special PRNC meeting tonight on a proposed 270-unit housing development

   POINT RICHMOND - Traffic, density of housing and the city's height limitation are all expected to be part of tonight's Point Richmond Neighborhood Council discussions about the proposed 270-unit Bottoms Quarry project off Seacliff Drive.
     The project will be the only agenda item on the special meeting, scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Point Richmond Community Center.
     The meeting is open to the public.
     The project - proposed by the New West Development Corporation of Las Vegas - is to be built on six of the 18.4 acres of land the company purchased at the end of 2016. No other development is currently planned (or has been announced) for the balance of the property.
     At an earlier PRNC meeting, New West officials said the new Richmond-to-San Francisco ferry - slated to start service in January of 2018 - was a major part of the reason they decided to propose the new project.
     At that same PRNC meeting, several residents questioned the project's density and having ingress and egress off Seacliff Drive. There were also concerns voiced about potential increases in vehicle traffic.
     If approved by the City of Richmond, whatever vehicle traffic generated will be added to an estimated 3,000 vehicles trips per day predicted from the yet-to-be constructed Shea Homes project and the Terminal One project on Ferry Point.
     New West officials promised that as part of an environmental impact report, a full traffic study would be conducted to gauge impacts of their project.
     Richmond officials said both a general plan amendment and a rezoning will be required for the project to be built.
    The land is currently zoned for parks and recreation use.