Establishing a sense of density and initiating a lively, sustainable destination in Richmond, CA that ignites passion in local residents is a key objective of local development. In order to fuel the momentum needed, the 12th and Macdonald project must succeed as the first example of the market’s potential.
Warehaus responded to the challenge by focusing on the communal, economic and social viability of the design. By layering a robust experience horizontally across the site and integrating that experience vertically into the residences, the needs of the local community and residents are enhanced in every facet of the design. For example, the ground level is envisioned as a civic center, incorporating activities from a local performing arts group to generate active density at the site.
In the Basis of Design phase, Warehaus’ team took a deep dive into Richmond’s nuances, conducting site visits and market studies and analyzing transit options, demographics and city code requirements. Using those insights, Warehaus’ recommendations remained focused on creating an affordable and inclusive destination that activates Macdonald Avenue, partners with local businesses and schools, offers access to public transit, optimizes outdoor space and provides a sense of security, all while adhering to Green building standards.
Conceptual designs incorporate 150 multifamily units, retail space, commercial office space including an Innovation Center and brew pub, outdoor entertainment and dining area with media screen and outdoor leisure and athletic area.