Grant funding sought for Richmond Metrowalk Phase II Project

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Rendering courtesy of city documents.

The Richmond City Council on Monday authorized agreements enabling the city, developer and BART to jointly apply for state grant funding to deliver the Metrowalk Phase 2 Project, which includes a 150-unit affordable housing development on the east side of the Richmond BART Station, and related bicycle, pedestrian, and transit improvements.

The long-planned second phase of the project builds upon Phase 1 that now includes housing, the Nevin Avenue walkway, the BART parking garage and retail on the west side of the station.

Project partners of Phase II  city, Pacific West Communities, BART and AC Transit. The city hopes the transit-oriented project will win grant money from the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program to support funding of the Metrowalk Phase 2 Project.

Grant funding sought for Richmond Metrowalk Phase 2 Project
Rendering courtesy of city documents.

The Metrowalk Phase II Project will consist of several components aiming to improve access on the east side of the station. Project partners include Pacific West Communities, BART and AC Transit. Aside from the afforable housing project, which is estimated to cost $30 million, the second phase consists of the $1.405 million Hacienda Safe Routes to Transit Project, which includes intersection improvements at Marina Way and Barrett Avenue to enhance pedestrian safety, such as high visibility crosswalks, cameras for bicycle and vehicle detections, bulb-outs and new traffic signals.

Phase 2 also includes the $1.035 million TCC Neighborhood Complete Streets project, which consists of over one mile of bikeway and pedestrian improvements, including street trees and wayfinding, on Marina Way South, which will complete the Richmond Wellness Trail that connects the Richmond BART Station to the ferry at the waterfront.

The second phase also features AC Transit-related improvements on Macdonald Avenue, including new bus shelters, and the installation of next generation fare gates at BART among other station improvements.