Teacher housing is being eyed for the Quarry Residential Project, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay.
The project to construct nearly 200 condominium units at a former quarry site at 1135 Canal Blvd. in Point Richmond received unanimous approval at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
During the meeting, Councilmember Jael Myrick asked Lindsay to expand on a plan in the works to incorporate housing for teachers as part of the project.
Lindsay said he met last week with the developer, Las Vegas-based New West Communities, and representatives of the West Contra Costa Unified School District “to talk specifically about teacher housing embedded in this project.”
“We had a real good discussion,” Lindsay said, adding that the price point planned for the project’s units “works very well for that type of teacher housing.”
“We have started to put some specifics together,” Lindsay said. “It’s a real exciting opportunity.”
The project will feature units of varying sizes forecast to start in the mid-$300,000s and to go up to as high as the mid-$600,000s. Most units will be in the $400,000s range, a representative for the developer said at a Richmond Planning Commission meeting.
They will exist in 15 buildings up to three stories high, with some buildings having 4-story elements. The development is set to include a clubhouse, swimming pool, a tot lot playground, 298 parking spaces, and pathways connecting residents to nearby open spaces such as Miller/Knox Shoreline Park and the San Francisco Bay Trail. As part of the project, part of the Bay Trail along Seacliff Drive would be improved, according to city documents.
While some neighbors raised concern over speeding on Seacliff Drive, the developer was described as open and responsive to resident concerns and incorporated safety improvements into the project.
The developer has expressed a desire to meet the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance by adding affordable units rather than by paying an in-lieu fee to an affordable housing fund managed by the city. That might be a first by a developer in Richmond, Myrick said.
“I can tell there’s a real genuine commitment for it,” he added.
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt praised the developer as “experienced” and “savvy” for picking a good project and design at a good site, and for then making the effort to consult neighbors.
“I hope you go out and tell your friends…Richmond is open for business and given the right project and right developer we can get this project approved as fast or faster than anyone,” Butt said.