Quarry project revised from 200 condos to 76 single-family homes

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Quarry project revised from 200 condos to 76 single-family homes
Design images courtesy of the City of Richmond documents.

The developer behind the Quarry Residential Project in Point Richmond is proposing a revised plan from the nearly 200 condominiums that City Council approved for the site in 2018.

Now, the developer is instead pitching construction of 76 detached single-family homes on the site of a former rock quarry, located south of the intersection of Canal Boulevard and Seacliff Drive, at 1135 Canal Blvd.

The plans by New West Company call for two-story Southern Cottage, California Cottage and Contemporary Cottage homes ranging from 1,645 to 1,840 square feet, with lot coverages ranging from 37 to 56 percent, according to city documents. Eight of the homes, or about 10 percent of them, would be dedicated as affordable to moderate-income households in order to satisfy the city’s inclusionary ordinance, according to city documents.

The project would encompass 6.3 acres of the 18.4-acre property, much of which is unbuildable due to its geography, the city said.

The project also features landscaping, enhanced lighting, especially at the intersection of the project driveway and Seacliff Drive, and improvements to the Bay Trail.

Design image courtesy of City of Richmond documents.

More recent additions to the plans include a community garden area, and landscaped features such as boulders to honor the sites quarry history, as requested by the Design Review Board (DRB) in response to public comment on March 9.

The DRB further asked the developer to study housing typologies including accessory dwelling units that could offer a wider range of units and lower price points. Last week, the developer informed the DRB in a memo that its suggestion was not feasible due in part to “buyer preference, efficiency and production costs savings; and higher construction and site work costs for attached product types,” according to the city.

The revised project will next go before the Design Review Board at its Wednesday meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. To learn more, go here.