By Mike Kinney
The Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) aims to relocate from its current Richmond location to a property that can provide more space for its growing community.
The TANC is hosting a discussion about the possibility of acquiring a new community center at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at its current center at 5200 Dalai Lama Ave. in Richmond.
The street in which the TANC operates was renamed to Dalai Lama Avenue, in honor of the spiritual leader of Tibet, in 2019.
TANC President Jinpa Tharchin said the main concern about the existing facility is its size.
“We’re seeking a hall for up to 500 people, additional classrooms for Sunday Tibetan language, culture, and music classes, as well as more parking spots,” Tharchin said. “Although the current location is convenient, being in a residential neighborhood limits celebratory events due to potential noise.”
While there may be lingering concerns about public safety in Richmond, Tharchin said crime and safety are not the primary reasons for considering relocation.
The TANC said it would appreciate recommendations or guidance from the city on alternative locations.
“Members seem inclined toward a larger center in the vicinity,” he said. “We’re conducting a survey to better understand their preferences.”
Despite the cost challenges of relocating within the East Bay, Tharchin said the best outcome would be for the TANC to secure substantial funding to purchase a large center in the East Bay.