There’s room to grow in Richmond. The sites below are owned by the City of Richmond, and represent a small portion of the acres of developable space within the city.
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Development Opportunities - Request for Qualifications and Proposals (RFQ/Ps)
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Macdonald Avenue Corridor Properties
This opportunity is for a series of parcels – outlined as four separate Opportunity Sites – intended to serve as major activity centers that facilitate the economic and cultural heart of the City, and connection to the greater Bay Area.
Qualified developers are welcome to submit individual proposals for each designated site, or one proposal for all available properties. All properties contained in the RFQ/P are outlined below. The deadline for submissions is July 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm.
Are all infrastructure projects currently fully funded?
BART-to-19th Street Infrastructure and Façade Renovations – Project is funded and currently under construction.
Yellow Brick Road – Project is grant funded by the State of California and planning/design is underway. Additional funding pending results of an Urban Greening grant application.
Marina Way Undergrounding – The Marina Way Undergrounding project is funded by PG&E. Funding for actual undergrounding of electrical lines is funded by PG&E but the City needs to identify funding for reinstalling street lights.
Richmond-Ohlone Greenway Gap Closure project – Funded and under construction.
Carlson Crosstown Connection project – Funded and going to construction this fall.
Harbour Way Pedestrian/Bike Infrastructure – Needs funding. City has approximately $80,000 from a Transportation Development Act (TDA) grant which will be spent on minor improvements this summer.
Has the City considered upzoning some of the parcels, if requested by developers?
The City of Richmond updated its General Plan in 2012 and increased the maximum density and floor area ratio of all its land use classifications. Sites A-C are currently zoned CM-5, which is envisioned as the most dense and intense zone in the city. Therefore, upzoning beyond CM-5 would require a new land use classification to be established. Site D is zoned CM-1, which provides a relatively dense and intense level of development adjacent to single-family homes. Given off-street parking requirements and other typical development standards, a greater intensity of development may be challenging to achieve than that envisioned by the General Plan.
The City is open to considering proposals that may include upzoning the subject sites; however, upzoning is not guaranteed and appropriate environmental review would need to be completed for those types of projects. It should also be noted that density bonuses can be provided for affordable housing projects that meet the criteria in Richmond Municipal Code Section 15.04.602 Affordable Housing Density Bonus.
Site A: Downtown Vacant Lot close to Kaiser Medical Center & BART
Assessor Parcel Number (APN): 538-132-005,538-132-006,538-132-009,538-132-014, 538-132-010
Area: .449 acres (.14,.062,.062,.062,.123) Zoning: CM-5 (IS-1 Overlay, Livable Corridors FBC, T6C)
All parcels are located within Macdonald Avenue Historic District.
Site Description: This property consists of five continuous, vacant parcels located on the north side of Macdonald Avenue. The area currently hosts a community garden. These parcels are surrounded by offices and residential uses. Close neighbors include Kaiser Medical Center and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Community based plan calls for mixed use development and potential offices serving Kaiser Medical Center. Richmond’s Multi-Modal Station (including BART service) is a ten minute walk.
Site B: Historic Buildings and Vacant Lot close to Kaiser and BART
Site Description: This site consists of a series of parcels on the south side of Macdonald Avenue including two vacant lots and three buildings, one of which has fire damage. These parcels are surrounded by offices and residential uses. Close neighbors include Richmond Kaiser Medical Center and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. Community based plan calls for mixed use development and potential offices serving Richmond Kaiser Medical Center. Richmond’s Multi-Modal Station (including BART service) is a ten minute walk.
Site C: Vacant Lot adjacent to BART/Multi-Modal Station
Site Address: 1417 Macdonald Ave
Assessor Parcel Number (APN): 540-071-011, 540-071-016, 540-071-017, 540-071-018
Site Description: This property is a vacant lot located adjacent to the BART garage serving the Richmond Multi-Modal Station. Prior development strategies included discussions for development of a cultural arts facility that was never constructed. Given its proximity to the BART/Multi-Modal Station and Transit Village, the City seeks a developer to create a commercial or mixed use project that compliments transit oriented uses.
Site D: 111-113 Macdonald Ave
Site Address:111-113 Macdonald Ave
Assessor Parcel Number (APN):538-172-007, 538-172-008 Area: .124 acres (.062, .062)
Site Description: This property consists of two lots with a single structure, located adjacent to rescue mission offices and church. The property borders Macdonald Avenue, Richmond’s historic commercial corridor.