Beating out the proposals of other East Bay cities, Richmond learned this week that it had won the competition to become the home of the new second campus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Richmond will house the second campus, which will allow for the lab’s future growth and accommodate 800 workers who cannot fit in the lab’s Berkeley hills facility and scattered off-site locations.
The project will also create more than 2,500 construction jobs and potentially generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city.
The campus will be built on the 120-acre site in the Richmond Inner Harbor, known as the Richmond Field Station, land that the university already owns and that is only 20 minutes from the existing campus.
The Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) was among 700 community members who demonstrated their support of this project at the LBNL Town Hall meeting, which took place last summer.
BAPAC agrees with City Manager Lindsay who said, “Providing a warm welcome mat was undoubtedly a major factor in their decision.”
“I congratulate the Lab for its selection of Richmond as it recognizes the City of Richmond’s emergence as one of the green tech centers of the East Bay,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.