The battle over Richmond Intermediate Terminal continues afresh. A new partnership between the proposed developer of Echo Harbor George T. Ross and restaurateur Michael Ripp offers “a joint project that would include moving Dock Street to allow the shifting of the condominium towers out of the view from Libby Hill Park and expanding public access to the river along the property”. [via]
Mayor L. Douglas Wilder wants to build and operate a public marina on the property. Council has refused to approve the marina. The council is expected to vote tonight on whether to buy the adjacent Lehigh property for about $2 million, and retains the power “to determine later how much of the 1.6-acre property would be set aside for public park, and what could be resold to a private developer”.
The mayor has accused council members Pantele, Tyler, and McQuinn of conflicts of interest for accepting campaign contributions from the developers and others involved with Echo Harbour.