Richmond Transit Village
|Client:||Olson Company (Seal Beach, California)|
|Type:||TOD Neighborhood Plan | Urban Infill|
|Program:||17 ac (7 ha) mixed-use multi-modal transit village|
|Status:||Phase I construction completed in 2006|
Richmond Transit Village is a mixed-use, transit-oriented infill project that provides highdensity housing within walking distance of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), AC Transit bus service and Amtrak, all linked through a new inter-modal station. The project was facilitated by an innovative approach by BART and the Richmond Redevelopment Agency to use station land for residential development instead of surface parking. A five-level garage was provided to cater to parking demands of BART as well as neighboring retail and civic uses.
Spanning both sides of the transit corridor, the plan provides convenient access to the station from the new transit village as well as Richmond Downtown. An existing sunken pedestrian walkway was brought to grade to provide a safer pedestrian entrance and auto drop-off. The redesigned transit plaza has shops and restaurants to cater to commuters as well as residents. Other amenities include neighborhood parks and a performing arts center. Contributing to the project's success is the variety of housing types provided, with many of the townhomes being designed for live-work.
Richmond Transit Village has successfully transformed underutilized land while promoting transit ridership and home ownership. It has also helped to revitalize the historic commercial core of Richmond and encouraged other mixed use projects in the area.