Planning Commission approves Karaoke Club for Jacuzzi Street

Serving booze at proposed Richmond karaoke club 'essential' to success

The Richmond Planning Department on June 7 unanimously approved a plan to install a Karaoke Club at 5327 Jacuzzi St. in Richmond.

Longtime Richmond business owner Shihong Lin received a conditional use permit to serve alcohol at the Karaoke night club that will locate near the intersection of Central Avenue and the I-80 freeway in the city’s Annex neighborhood.

James Lee, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, told planning commissioners that Lin approached him in October about the business idea. Right now, Lee said, the local Asian community often chooses Oakland for nightlife. Adding businesses in Richmond, like a well-done karaoke experience, would “bring the taxes back to our city,” Lee said.

Lee helped Lin identify the spot across the highway from Pacific East Mall.

The planning commission supported the proposal with conditions that the W Club have three security guards instead of two, and encouraged the business owner to promote ride sharing options, since the nearest public transit option at Pacific East Mall poses a long walking distance.

The night club would be in 7,200 square foot space and aims to have 18 private karaoke rooms with audio equipment, chairs and couches, according to city documents. An open floor plan would include a lobby, DJ rooms, and, of course, a service bar for drinks.