Jul 26, 2016
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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The city says the old 2.5-acre fire training facility, built in 1951, is obsolete.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.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.