94-home project proposed next to Richmond Country Club

94-home project proposed next to Richmond Country Club
The Richmond Country Club is located at 1 Markovich Ln. in Richmond.

By Kathy Chouteau

A proposal would construct 94 single-family homes alongside the Richmond Country Club. A study session to provide and receive comments on the “Richmond Country Club Residential Project” is set for this Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. at the City of Richmond’s Design Review Board meeting.

As part of the proposed project, MLC Holdings, Inc. would divide and develop 94 residential parcels ranging in size from 4,750 square feet to 7,023 square feet on a near 25.5-acre site, per the Design Review Board staff report. Three additional parcels are also part of the proposal, to include the street extension of Markovich Lane and emergency vehicle access roads.

The project proposal envisions a combination of single-story and two-story homes with attached garages ranging from 1,500 to 2,300 square ft. and up to 25 ft. in height, per the staff report.

Plans for the project also include removing an existing golf practice facility and mature eucalyptus trees from the proposed development site and erecting a sound wall between it and the nearby railroad that’s at least 6 ft. above grade.

Landscaping plans for the project include planting trees as landscape barriers between the development and the golf course and railroad, as well as street trees that would encompass three types of oaks, buckeye, Western redbud, Chinese pistache, plum and crepe myrtle. An array of drought-tolerant flowering shrubs and grasses are also part of the proposal, as is a “heavily landscaped bioretention basin near the entrance of the site,” per the report.

Aside from its close proximity to the Richmond Country Club, the project is also located adjacent to Parchester Village and Hilltop District neighborhoods. The City has prepared an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the project. The draft ISMND has been released for review and comment, with the comment period ending 5 p.m. Sept. 10, 2020. Send comments in writing to: Emily Carroll, City of Richmond Community Development Department, 450 Civic Center Plaza, P.O. Box 4046 Richmond, CA 94804, or [email protected].

For more info on the draft IS/MND, click here. Read the Design Review Board’s staff report here.