Ideas for Adaptive Reuse
Here are some potential preservation-friendly re-use ideas that would be fitting, and *should* require minimal exterior alterations to the mostly-dark and cavernous warehouse buildings at Winehaven:
- Vocational arts and training center (e.g., welding, plumbing, construction, high tech/pre- fabrication, and/or eco-jobs related training, e.g.,: R&D and repair of wind-driven turbines; wave-actuated generators; and solar panels, and etc.).
- The existing rail spur alongside the Winehaven Building affords a potential opportunity to partner up with the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad (maintenance and repair of locomotive engines and electrical systems, braking systems, safety systems, and etc.) Frankly I think it would look pretty cool to see a locomotive with a set of railcars alongside the buildings.
- Music recording/mixing/production studios.
- Television/movie sets and production studios.
- A local publishing house (setting, printing, binding, shipping, etc.).
- Off-site archival materials/records storage arrangement with UC (or similar institution) to store off-site materials cataloged in their library system. A current example is UC Berkeley’s Regatta Center at 3200 Regatta Boulevard here in Richmond.
- Also there are 30 former Workers Cottages and a Wine Master’s House that have been sitting vacant and boarded up for over 20 years. Collectively, these building comprise roughly half Winehaven’s historic built environment and must be part of a larger reuse plan. These buildings, and most likely the soils in the vicinity contain hazardous materials, such as lead, asbestos, solvents, fuels, and other petroleum-based products from the Navy. To get these buildings opened up, fixed, and back in use how how about considering a public-private partnership with a company that specializes in hazardous material remediation training? The students get real-life remediation training on real buildings with no disruption by nearby residents and the City gets the buildings and site cleaned up (or at least measurably cleaner, at any rate) on the cheap. Removing toxic materials from any buildings must be done in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Buildings. Could be a solid win-win-win.