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Richmond: Developer stalls $400 land sale of Point Molate in new restraining order

The latest — and seemingly only — movement in the city of Richmond’s effort to develop and revitalize Point Molate’s shoreline is happening in Contra Costa County Superior Court.

On June 9, legal counsel for Winehaven Legacy LLC, the developer that was poised to build thousands of homes in a perpetually delayed $45 million project, asked court officials to grant a temporary restraining order to prevent ownership of the 270-acre property from being transferred.

The short-term order was granted the same day, according to court documents.

The land is currently set to be sold to the Guidiville Tribe of Pomo Indians and its developer, Upstream Point Molate LLC, for $400, after the Richmond City Council voted May 17 to scuttle Winehaven’s plans to build 1,450 homes and 400,000 square feet of commercial space.

That bargain land sale was outlined in a 2018 federal settlement agreement, after the tribe sued the city in 2012 for rejecting its proposal to construct a mega-casino complex “with more slot machines than all the casinos on Lake Tahoe’s south shore” at Point Molate.

Winehaven is suing because they feel their project, which was first approved in Sept. 2020, was illegally killed in bad-faith — an allegation a majority of city officials refute.

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