Future of Bay Area Fuel Depot Remains Unclear

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two decades after the Navy pulled out of the Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot, the future of the Richmond, Calif., site located on the coast of San Francisco Bay remains in limbo.The Navy handed the 413-acre complex over to the city in 2003 and soon a developer proposed a massive resort with an Indian-run casino, two hotels, a conference center and a ferry landing. But following local opposition, the city killed the $1.2 billion project in 2011. In response the developer filed a lawsuit and the case still is pending, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.“We had a reuse plan for this place in 1995, and here we are 20 years later,” said Bruce Beyaert, an environmental activist.Beyaert’s vision for Point Molate includes parkland with trails and picnic areas with limited development. “We have a mile and a half of vacant shoreline on San Francisco Bay. Where else can you find that?”The challenge is paying for the estimated $25 million in infrastructure upgrades needed to reuse the site. City residents may not be willing to finance that much parkland, according to the story.Richmond Mayor Tom Butt pictures a mix of housing and parks at the depot, which sits behind a chain-link fence. Butt expressed confidence the city could support such a plan. “It’s an opportunity,” he said. “An excellent opportunity.”last_img

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