Former Richmond fire training center could become 100-unit housing complex


Richmond officials are considering selling the former fire training facility at Cutting Boulevard and 37th Street in order to make way for a proposed 100-unit residential complex.

The city says the old 2.5-acre fire training facility, built in 1951, is obsolete. The Fire Department also no longer needs it, as it has moved its training operations to the new, state-of-the-art California Maritime Academy facility at 756 West Gertrude Ave., which operates on 5 acres recently donated by Chevron Richmond.

Tonight, Richmond City Council is set to hear a proposal to enter into negotiations with developer Integral Group, which pitched a plan to purchase the building for an estimated $2 million and build 100 units, 20-percent of which would be designated affordable, according to city documents.


The three-story development would include a mix of one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and townhomes, along with a 15,000 square-feet of space for businesses and community space, 128 covered parking spaces, 30 surface parking spaces, 191 bike parking spaces and roof-mounted solar panels.

The proposal isn’t the only mixed-use housing development on tonight’s Richmond City Council agenda.

Council is also set to discuss entering into negotiations with developer Highridge Costa to build a 438-unit mixed-use project at 12th Street and Macdonald Avenue, with again 20-percent designated as affordable housing. The proposal includes a mix of studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms with 600 parking spaces, including 150 for public use. The developer would purchase the site for the preliminary estimate of $5 million.

The Richmond City Council meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at 440 Civic Center Plaza.