Conceptual designs for the long-awaited development of Point Richmond Shores, formerly Terminal 1, were unveiled at Tuesday’s Richmond City Council meeting.
In December, council voted to sell 13.8 acres of land east of Ferry Point and west of the Richmond Yacht Club to Suzhou Weibang Property Management LLC for $10 million. Plans are to transform the barren coastal property into a scenic residential neighborhood with a waterfront park and restaurant.
The designs, drawn up with input from residents at numerous community meetings, are preliminary and will evolve with the help of additional input from residents and city staff, Richmond Planning Director Richard Mitchell said.
“The development team has I think met our expectations in terms of providing very high quality architecture, a variety of building types in the area, the proposal to develop a waterfront park and trail and a site-specific design,” Mitchell said.
Some councilmembers hoped to see retail at the site, but no shops were included in the plan. The developers said they will explore what type of retail might work.
Once the design is finalized it will be submitted to city staff for the development of an environmental impact review, Mitchell said. The project will then face approval from the Planning Commission and City Council.
Check out some of the conceptual designs below. Paul Menzies, the CEO of Laconia Development LLC and head of the Terminal One project, explained the design concepts behind the images at Tuesday’s council meeting.
(Above image) Menzies: The project area is shaded in yellow. A dilapidated 40-foot-tall building on the property will be demolished. Alongside the building is a pier that will be refurbished as a public space. (Above image) Menzies: The plan is “less consumptive” of the land than the plan that was pitched back in 2007 by another developer. The latest plan would include medium density town homes (against the hillside), as well as mini-villas (single-family homes closer to the shoreline). A vehicular road would travel through the site along with a segment of the Bay Trail. The project would not be a gated community. On the lower left hand side is the site of a proposed restaurant.
(Above image) Menzies: The design would include a European-style roadway called “mews” that would run straight down the middle of the development. The roadway could be shared by vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. A sign at each end of the road could state “residents only” to keep vehicular traffic down. A separate roadway for vehicular traffic would run closer to the coastline. Some residents oppose the mews design, arguing that driving around the property would delay commutes.
Below is an image looking at the proposed development from a different angle: