Dec 10 2008

Help Our Friends at Point Isabel

Published by under Waterfront Planning

A developer is proposing to amend Richmond’s General Plan Land Use Map from Light Industrial (low-intensity uses) to a Regional Commercial District (high-intensity retail uses), demolish all buildings at 2700 Rydin Rd. and 4903 Central Ave., and construct a 99,000-square-foot Kohl’s department store with almost 400 parking spaces near Costco on Pt. Isabel.

The plan also includes reservation of a 76,000-square-foot pad for chain restaurant, bank, and/or retail uses directly on the corner of Central Avenue and Rydin Road.

Proposed Regional Commercial land use activities and circulation would be in close proximity to sensitive habitat areas–less than 200 feet from Hoffman Marsh to the east and less than 400 feet from the Albany/Richmond mudflats and wetlands (wildlife sanctuary) to the south.

The resulting activities and circulation (including late-night commercial hours) could negatively affect the long-established Hoffman Marsh and the Albany mudflats, which have one of the highest densities of shorebirds in Eastshore State Park.

Help protect the dog park and shoreline! Attend the Richmond City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. to protest the proposed rezoning and new Kohl’s store.

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