Richmond Main Street Initiative
1015 Nevin Avenue, Suite 105, Richmond, California 94801


Downtown Richmond Stakeholders Approve Renewal of Historic PBID

July 13, 2017

Contact: Amanda Elliott
Phone: (510) 236-4049

Downtown Richmond Stakeholders Approve Renewal of
Historic Business Improvement District

Richmond, CA – The Richmond City Council of adopted a resolution on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, to renew the Downtown Richmond Property and Business Improvement District (DRPBID), ensuring that vital revitalization efforts will continue. Downtown property owners approved the five-year renewal by 64.42% (weighted by assessment).
The DRPBID is a public-private partnership between property owners and Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond, encompassing the commercial corridor from 6th-16th Street between Bissell and Barrett Avenues. The district is funded by annual assessments on commercial and non-profit housing parcels. DRPBID funds provide economic development, promotions and marketing, and cleanliness and hospitality services to the Downtown core, augmenting the base level City services and protecting infrastructure investments.
Business Improvement Districts (BID) are a proven revitalization tool for communities throughout the country. Successful Bay Area BIDs operate in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, Downtown Berkeley, and Fruitvale. The DRPBID is the first and only property and business improvement district in West Contra Costa County.
The DRPBID was formed in 2012. In its first five years of operation the district provided:
Cleaning, Maintenance, and Hospitality Services
· Neighborhood Ambassadors performed 13850 hours of service, collecting 4000+ bags of trash and debris; abating nearly 500 incidents of dumping and graffiti; assisting 500 residents and visitors with wayfinding and access to resources.

Promotions & Marketing Enhancements
· RMSI hosted 629 arts, culture, and wellness events, attracting 74,000+ visits to Downtown, activating public spaces, and creating opportunities for residents to enjoy family-friendly activities. New year-round and seasonal street banners were added to Macdonald Avenue.

Economic Development Activities
· RMSI provided nearly 5000 hours of technical assistance to established and emerging businesses, and trained 261 youth in work readiness. 36 businesses opened or expanded, creating 83 jobs. RMSI also leveraged $65 million of public and private investment Downtown to support business attraction and development efforts.
“The renewal of the DRPBID is a resounding vote of confidence and buy-in from Downtown property owners. We look forward to this opportunity to continue this partnership to create a Downtown that is vibrant, clean, welcoming, and accessible to all community members” says Amanda Elliott, Executive Director. “And we invite everyone to celebrate with us at our first Music on the Main concert of the summer on July 26.”
The DRPBID renewal is supported by a grant from The San Francisco Foundation to increase economic development opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses and to create jobs in the interest of people of color and local residents in downtown Richmond.
Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond. RMSI partners with the City of Richmond, merchants, and residents to develop and improve Downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect the community's rich and diverse heritage. and
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Iron Triangle Community Picnic & Health Fair
The Iron Triangle residents present... "The Fit Dimension" at The Annual Iron Triangle Community Picnic & Health Fair Saturday, September 23, 2017 10am - 3pm Nevin Park - 598 Nevin Avenue, Richmond, CA FEATURING Live music from 11am - 1pm -- Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic Free lunch & t-shirts for the first 200 guests Vendors Games Health Information & More! Sponsored by Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council For Information: Call (510) 932-9031
Oyster Sunday @ Riggers Loft!
Oysters!! Wine!! Pair it with award-winning wine or cider from the wineries at Riggers Loft. Your choice: Raw On-the-Half or Grilled with Pesto Parmesan. A $10 ticket gets you 2 oysters and a glass of select wine or cider. More oysters and wine available a la carte. Get your tickets now:
Family Chess Days in Downtown Richmond
FREE chess play events for the entire family! All ages welcome. Learn how to play. Practice your game. When & Where:  Saturday, August 19, 11am - 2pm @ Community Green Space, Harbour Way & Macdonald Avenue. In partnership with Chill with a Cop. Saturday, September 16, 1pm - 5pm @ 9th annual Spirit & Soul Festival, Macdonald Avenue: Harbour Way-13th Street Plus: Main Street Community Chess Park Ribbon Cutting When & Where: Thursday, September 21, 1pm @ Community Green Space, Harbour Way & Macdonald Avenue Join us in kicking-off this exciting new Downtown project. The Richmond Chess Initiative collaborative is turning Downtown Richmond into the Main Street Community Chess Park, a district-wide destination bringing chess play to the community through pop-up matches, regularly scheduled family chess days, and special events. More Info Download the flyer Contact: West Coast Chess Alliance: TC, Richmond Main Street Initaitive: Alicia, or (510) 236-4049
Spirit & Soul Festival
  9th annual Spirit & Soul Festival Saturday, September 16  |  1pm - 5pm Macdonald Avenue from Harbour Way - 13th Street, Richmond, CA 94801 FEATURING Live Music on 2 Stages Main Stage 1st Avenue Revue ~ The Bay Area's #1 Prince Tribute Band Rhonda Benin ~ Blues infused Jazz Yates Brothers & Sisters ~ The tightest and funkiest band in America PUSH with Dan Ashley ~ Classic American rock with Bay Area style 12th Street Stage presented by RYSE Center Shari ~ R&B vocalist & songwriter Ronnie Mills ~ Singer, songwriter, acoustic guitar pop RYSE Youth Center Performers ~ Young Richmond rising stars! Outdoor Bazaar Food Trucks & Booths * Artisan Vendors * Beverage Pavilion with Beer, Wine & Main Street Margaritas Youth Zone & 12th Street Stage * Info Booths * Drawing Prizes * Grand Prize: Marin Mountain Bike! Honoring our 2017 Downtown Champions   VIP Experience ~ GET TICKETS HERE Reserved area with seating and shade available, and primo views of main stage. Entry includes: 2 drink tickets, 5 complimentary drawing tickets (can be used to enter to win a variety of prizes), and commemorative event program per tickeholder. Opportunity to purchase additional beverages from VIP area. MORE INFO Visit Call (510) 236-4049 Email #SpiritSoulFestival THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS Mechanics Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Sims Metal Management, Republic Services, Overaa Construction, City of Richmond, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and Marin Bikes.
Update: Save Richmond Main Post Office
August 1, 2017   Richmond Main Street Initiative, the Office of Mayor Tom Butt, the Office of Congressman DeSaulnier, the Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council, and others are working together to prevent this relocation. Please see below for a timeline of events and update:   Timeline of Events January 25: Notice announcing proposed sale of building posted at Richmond Main Post Office May 5: Notice announcing potential relocation of post office, and notice of public meeting and comment period posted at Richmond Main Post Office May 16: Notice of public hearing posted to USPS website May 31: USPS held public meeting; 30-day public comment period initiated June 15: Town Hall meeting hosted by Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council June 30: USPS public comment period closed Richmond Main Street and the Mayor’s Office facilitated collecting and mailing at least 250 letters and 113 online petition signatures.   What Happens Next? Dean Cameron, the USPS representative overseeing this process, is aggregating the public comments and community feedback which will be taken into consideration by the panel of USPS officials evaluating the proposed relocation. A timeline/date for the final determination has not been provided. Updates from Elected Officials  Office of Mayor Tom Butt Mayor Tom Butt is committed to helping find alternative solutions to the proposed relocation of services from the Downtown location to the McVittie Annex. The Mayor met with Dean Cameron in June to explore options to prevent the relocation. We are waiting to hear more information regarding when the decision will be made.The Mayor is continuing to engage with USPS officials along with Congressman DeSaulnier to press for any course of action that will maintain services in the Downtown post office.   Office of Supervisor John Gioia Supervisor Gioia submitted a letter to USPS on May 30 expressing opposition to plans to close the downtown Richmond Post Office. Among many other points supporting the preservation of the office, Supervisor Gioia noted that it is centrally-located within an improving downtown area that serves as a vital transit hub. For more information about this situation, including copies of the notices, letters of support from local leaders, news articles, and arguments to save the Richmond Main Post Office, please explore this webpage.   Richmond Main Street staff will do their very best to continue to advocate on behalf of the Richmond community and provide updates as they become available.   Huge thanks to everyone who attended the meetings, wrote letters, signed the petition, shared this story, and resisted this proposal. In partnership & community, Richmond Main Street Initiative Get Updates Like us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter Join the Post Office Updates list to get updates in your inbox Contact Alicia Gallo, (510) 236-4049,  
FREE Nutrition & Cooking Classes
Come Downtown for Healthy Food Healthy You, free nutrition & cooking classes brought to you by Fresh Approach, Richmond Main Street Initiative, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay.   When: Wednesdays, August 9 – August 30 August 9, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Farmers’ Markets and Creating a Healthy Plate August 16, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: How to Select and Store Fresh Produce August 23, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: How to Shop and Eat Healthy on a Budget August 30, 5pm – 6:30pm: Hands on Cooking Class! Learn cooking techniques, ideas for quick and easy meals, and cooking ahead for the whole week. Where: Catholic Charities of the East Bay, 217 Harbour Way, Richmond Cost: Free! Perks: Receive $5 to spend at the Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market for every class you attend. Some participants who attend 3 or more classes may receive a “Kitchen-in-a-Box” containing a cutting board, knife, salad spinner, and other supplies! Learn great tips, tricks, and know-how to prepare healthy, affordable meals for you and your family!   MORE INFO Questions? Call (925) 771-2990 or visit Download the flyer (English & Español)
Main Street Zumba Summer Hiatus
All Main Street Zumba classes will be cancelled Thursday, July 20 - August 24. The regular class schedule will resume August 31. Please check out our Fitness Classes webpage for the regular class schedule and details.
Music on the Main ~ Free Concert
Come Downtown for Music, Food & Fun for the Entire Family! 16th annual  Music on the Main Summer Concert Series Wednesday, August 23  |  5pm – 7:30pm Parking lot @ Marina Way & Macdonald Avenue, Downtown Richmond   FEATURING... LIVE MUSIC Andre Thierry and Caribbean Allstars GREAT FOOD & BEVERAGES Curbside Kitchen, Kim's Louisiana Fried Turkey & Stuff, Yo Mama's Old Fashioned Teacakes Main Street Margaritas & East Brother Beer Company PLUS Dancing * Info Booths * Family Fun Zone * Prizes * Giveaways * Free Book Faire * Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers' Market * and more! Free Admission! All Are Welcome!   MORE INFO Visit, Call (510) 236-4049, Email Sponsored by Richmond Main Street Initiative, Mechanics Bank, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Sims Metal Management, Republic Services, Overaa Construction, and City of Richmond.
Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market
Downtown Richmond Stop   When: Wednesdays, 4pm – 5:30pm Location: Marina Way & Macdonald Avenue Fresh Produce from Local California Farms Great, Low Prices CalFresh/EBT Welcome * Market Match Honored     More Info & Resources Get the flyer: English, Espanol, Bilingual Freshest Cargo: A “farmers’ market on wheels”. Sourcing produce directly from local farmers to sell at sites across the Bay Area. Increasing access to fresh, quality produce in areas where it is not otherwise easily accessible. More details & schedule available here. CalFresh/EBT: Monthly food benefit/nutritional assistance program for low-income households. Learn more and how to apply here. Market Match: Get extra cash to buy fruits & veggies! A dollar-for-dollar match when shoppers pay using CalFresh/EBT.  Up to $10 FREE. Learn more and how to participate here.
Call for Volunteers: Concert Helpers Wanted!
Concert Helpers Wanted!   Are you a fan of live music and outdoor concerts? Do you like working behind-the-scenes at events? If you answered “yes” then helping out at our 16th annual Music on the Main summer concerts is for you!   Details Event Dates: Wednesday, July 26 & Wednesday, August 23 Event Time: 5pm – 7:30pm Volunteers Needed: 3pm – 8:30pm (2 shifts: 3pm – 6pm & 6pm – 8:30pm)   Volunteers will help with setting up, running, and cleaning-up after the event. Activities may include tasks related to: Venue Set-Up; Making Produce Bags; Managing Vendor & Volunteer Check-In; Monitoring Traffic & Parking; Conducting Surveys; Hosting Youth Zone Activities & Giveaway Stations; Backstage Manager; Venue Clean-Up.   Additional Details, Requirements & Preferences No prior experience needed. Orientation and training provided onsite by staff. Small groups or pairs encouraged! Community service hours honored. Minimum Participation: 2 hours, please; 3 hours preferred. Minimum Age: 16, unless accompanied by guardian or approved by event coordinator Interests: Community, Arts & Culture, Special Events, Youth Skills: Customer service, Bilingual language (English/Spanish, English/Chinese) a plus; Ability to stand for extended periods of time and/or lift 30 pounds preferred.   Sign-up online here. For more information: Contact Alicia, or (510) 236-4049  
Chill with a Cop ~ free ice cream social
Everyone is invited to come Downtown to... Chill with a Cop! a special ice cream social with Richmond Police Department Saturday, August 19 11am - 1pm Community Green Space, Harbour Way & Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801 Enjoy a delicious ice cream treat* Meet your Richmond police officers Learn important crime prevention tips Learn & play chess Police vs Fire chess match Free book faire* Admission is free. All are welcome!   *while supplies last  Sponsored by Richmond Main Street, Richmond Police Department, West Coast Chess Alliance and Lappert’s Ice Cream.   More Info Call (510) 236-4049 Email