Residents invited to workshop to envision Point Molate’s future

Residents invited to workshop to envision Point Molate's future

The city of Richmond is seeking community input on how best to use the land at Point Molate for the benefit of all residents at a workshop on Saturday, June 23.

The first of several community planning events, which will include a workshop and tour, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2100 Stenmark Drive, Building 1. Transportation to the event will be available from Richmond City Hall, and those needing a ride should meet on Nevin Avenue between 25th and 26th Street from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited, so  RSVP as soon as possible here. Light lunch will be provided.

Additional visioning workshops for Point Molate are currently anticipated to be held in July and August.

Located about 1.5 miles north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and covering about 413 acres, Point Molate served as a U.S. Navy fuel storage and transfer facility starting in 1942. The Navy Base was officially closed on Sept. 30, 1998, and the property was then transferred to the City pursuant to the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990.

For years afterward, the density of any future development has been a sticking point among residents and city council. After a proposal to build a casino at the site was rejected by voters in 2010 and 2011, the tribe and its developer Upstream sought a legal judgment of $750 million against the city, claiming millions in losses.

In April this year, a federal judge approved a legal settlement that formerly ended a casino proposal for the site, and called for development of the land to include at least 670 residential units, and for the preservation of 70-percent of the Bayfront property as open space, in accordance with a Reuse Plan adopted by City Council a decade ago.

To learn more about the Community Visioning process, to share your thoughts, and RSVP for the event, please visit:


  1. What’s the point? (pardon the pun)
    The RPA will sue or threaten to sue, or hold things up in city council so that NOTHING can be done, like they did with the Berkeley World Campus. We should just write this area off and let it revert back to nature. It makes a perfect rattlesnake sanctuary.

    • Good point indeed. No point in trying to better the community if you know those at the top will let it fall.

      If they were smart, they would have new development all over the city. Instead it continues to circles the drain while the rest of the Bay thrives.