A group of neighbors who oppose the planned Terminal One project along Richmond’s waterfront has filed a lawsuit.
The lawsuit by the Brickyard Cove Alliance for Responsible Developments (BCARD), which claims to represent several hundred Richmond residents who live near the planned development, claims the city failed to adequately examine or address the environmental impacts that Terminal One will have on such matters as traffic, aesthetics, parking, wind and air quality.
The Terminal One project, which was approved by Richmond City Council in July, includes 302 condominiums, 21 detached homes, a 1.9-acre shoreline park and new bike and pedestrian paths at 1500 Dornan Drive, just west of the Richmond Yacht Club. An old pier that once served as a ferry docking point will be revamped as part of the project.
In their lawsuit challenging the project’s approved environmental impact report, opponents say the height of the planned condos will block — “if not obliterate” — pristine Bay views and vistas, not just for homeowners but people using Brickyard Cove’s pedestrian and bicycling pathways.
Opponents also challenge the city’s conclusions that there would not be significant traffic impacts, suggesting the “addition of thousands of new, daily traffic trips” will lead to congestion and hazards.
The lawsuit also claims potentially disruptive conditions for vehicles carrying large boats and trailers into the neighboring Richmond Yacht Club. The city needs to more comprehensively review how the project will affect wind patterns at the yacht harbor, the suit adds.
There are additional complaints posed in the lawsuit by BCARD, which is asking the court to nullify the city’s EIR and halt the project from moving forward.