Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot

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Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot
Richmond, California
CONTEXTUAL VIEW, SHOWING BAY HOUSING, AND BUILDINGS 1 AND 6 FACING SOUTHEAST - Winehaven, Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot, Richmond, Contra Costa County, CA HABS CAL,7-RICH,2-5.tif
Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot and East Bay shoreline.
TypeFuel depot
Site information
Controlled byUnited States Navy
Site history
Built1941
In use1941-1998

Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot is a decommissioned U.S. Navy fueling station on the western coast of Richmond, California.

History[edit]

The depot opened in 1941 on the site of a former winery and Chinese shrimp camp and was closed during the Clinton-era base closures and realignments in 1995[1] and operationally on September 30, 1998.[2] Part of the former naval base, the housing village Winehaven is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Other portions are under redevelopment plans by the city. A portion of the beach has been turned into Point Molate Beach Park.

Redevelopment[edit]

Casino proposal[edit]

In the 2000s, the Guideville Band of Pomo Indians attempted to build a Las Vegas-style casino development at Point Molate.[3] The project was called illegal by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and was opposed by both US Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein in addition to Contra Costa County officials and various environmental organizations.[citation needed]

Housing development[edit]

In 2019 the Richmond City Council approved a plan to build 670 housing units on a 270 acre site in Point Molate. The agreement was with SunCal, based in Southern California, and its subsidiary Winehaven LLC. The city sold the site to the company for $US 45 million. The city council voted 6 for, with Melvin Wills absent and Eduardo Martinez against. The profits will be shared with the Guideville tribe and Upsteam, the company that was to build the casino project voted down by the city. There may be as many as 1,200 housing units built in the end. Retail and office space will be included in addition to a kayaking center. Either 67 affordable housing units will be built or in lieu fees will be paid to provide the housing elsewhere. Local librarian Tarnel Abbott expressed opposition to the plan stating it was a giveaway of a prized asset. Plans by other developers not chosen by the council included 670 to 2,200 apartments by Orton Development, while a joint proposal by Cal-Coast Companies and Mar Ventures proposed similar housing options in addition to a 150 room hotel all the while converting the former naval quarters at the village of Winehaven food hall/brewery similar to the San Francisco Ferry Building or Emeryville Public Market. Lastly Samuelson Schafer proposed, a mix of all sorts of housing including apartments, condominiums, row houses, a retirement community, beach and retail.[4]

Notes[edit]

Coordinates: 37°56′55″N 122°24′49″W / 37.94861°N 122.41361°W / 37.94861; -122.41361