Deal Clears Path for Pt. Molate Development
A settlement in the protracted litigation between Richmond, the Guidiville Rancheria tribe and Upstream Point Molate LLC has restored development plans for the 270 acres of prime waterfront land where the Native Americans wanted to build a casino. The city will now begin a two-year public process for choosing a master developer — which will not be the tribe, Upstream or its subsidiaries — to create a project consistent with the 1997 reuse plan for Point Molate, a former navy fuel depot. The court settlement requires a minimum of 670 residential units on the site and 70 percent of the property will be designated open space. The location of the new housing will be generally determined during the public process, according to a staff report that will be presented to the City Council at its meeting on April 17, 2018. Once the property is fully entitled, the city will sell the parcels. The proceeds will be shared equally between the city, tribe and Upstream. Click HERE to access the city council agenda and associated staff report including the 344-page judgment. The Richmond Planning Commission will hold a study session on April 18, 2018, where staff will provide an update on the proposed public input process. Click HERE to access the Planning Commission agenda.