Groundbreaking ceremony set for 42-unit North Richmond development

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for 42-unit North Richmond project
Photo: Contra Costa County

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Thursday, May 3 for the Heritage House, a 42-unit multifamily affordable housing development that will be built on Fred Jackson Way between Grove and Chesley avenues in North Richmond.

The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at 1540 Fred Jackson Way.

Officials expect the long-planned 40,000 square foot complex by developer Community Housing Development Corporation to be a game-changer for North Richmond, which hasn’t seen a multifamily housing development in about 15 years, officials say.

When we covered the project in December, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia predicted the development will be a catalyst for North Richmond’s revitalization, attracting commercial options to the area such as a grocery store and restaurants. The project, slated to serve families receiving rental assistance from Section 8 vouchers, is set to include groundfloor space for commercial and retail, officials said.

The $27 million project was sponsored through collaborative efforts with the county, Contra Costa County Housing Authority and North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council.

At May 3 groundbreaking ceremony, Donald Gilmore, executive director of CHDC, Supervisor Gioia, and other community leaders are expected to speak about the project.

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  1. I hope this works out well. I really do. But I have to wonder what measures will be taken to prevent this from becoming just like all the other housing projects in Richmond, meaning an incubator of crime, gang activity and shootings. Whoever is managing this property must strictly enforce the Section 8 rules against criminal activity and “ghost” tenants and such or else this will just end up yet another shooting hot spot in town.

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