Collaborating to Benefit the Richmond Community

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In 2015, BRIDGE was proud to enter into a new partnership with SparkPoint Contra Costa, using an existing real estate asset.

Richmond City Center, a BRIDGE property with 64 affordable apartments for families, was originally completed in 1993. Original design constraints limited the creation of adequate community space for classes and services.

BRIDGE embarked on a 14-month, $10.5 million renovation that resulted in increased energy efficiency and upgrades to apartment interiors and building systems. Significantly, the renovation transformed ground-floor commercial space into a much-needed community room that is now home to SparkPoint Contra Costa West. Today, residents and community members visit SparkPoint in the Chevron Community Room to connect to an array of services that help them build financially secure futures, along with health access and support around basic needs.

“We are excited to add BRIDGE to our list of partners to be better able to serve the residents and the Richmond community," said Betty Geishirt Cantrell, Director, SparkPoint Contra Costa.

By leveraging a significant physical rehab into a place that delivers benefits far beyond housing, BRIDGE is realizing its vision for integrated community development: working across sectors and improving social, economic and health outcomes for people and neighborhoods.

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