City of Concord California


News Release


August 28, 2015

Concord selects Director of Community Reuse Planning

The City of Concord has selected Guy Bjerke as the Director of Community Reuse Planning. In this position, he will lead the City team that is working on the redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. His first day will be Sept. 21.

The City started the process of planning for the reuse of the site in 2006, under Executive Director Michael Wright. After nine plus years on the project, Wright has announced his retirement. However, he will continue as an independent consultant for the next several months, providing technical and strategic advice to make for a smooth transition. He will be focused on completing the selection of a Master Developer for the project and finalizing land transfer negotiations with the Navy and Federal/State regulators.

"While we are sad to say good-bye to Mike, we are about to begin a new phase in the development of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station and look forward to welcoming Guy to the team," said City Manager Valerie Barone. "His long history in Concord, existing relationships with many stakeholders in the community and collaborative leadership style will be valuable assets as we move forward."

Bjerke is currently the Manager of the Bay Area Region and State Safety Issues for the Western States Petroleum Association. Previously, he served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Antioch, as President & CEO of the Home Builders Association of Northern California, and Executive Director of Local Government Affairs. He brings a strong economic development background, project management experience and master planning skills to the position.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to take the baton from Mike Wright and help make the Reuse Project a reality. Our goal is a world class project that both attracts jobs and investment to our community while also improving our existing residents' quality of life," said Bjerke.

Bjerke is a former Concord Mayor, serving on the City Council from 2007 to 2010. During that time, the CNWS Reuse Plan and Environmental Impact Report were adopted. As part of that process, he worked with many stakeholders, including neighborhood representatives, environmental groups, affordable housing advocates and labor leaders to ensure a transparent and inclusive process. Bjerke also served on the Concord Planning Commission from 2001 to 2007.

About the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project

The redevelopment of the 5,046 acre CNWS site represents one of the largest mixed-use, transit-oriented community development opportunities in Northern California. In 2012, the City Council officially adopted the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan. The plan calls for 69 percent of the property to be open space and recreational facilities. Residential, commercial and office use is clustered around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. The eastern section of the property will remain as open space and is proposed to be transferred to the East Bay Regional Park District.

Next month, the City Council is expected to select a Master Developer for the first phase of the project. The two finalist are Catellus Development Company and Lennar Urban. The property is still owned by the Navy with the first parcels of land expected to transfer in spring of 2016. After the Phase 1 parcels are transferred, it will take another year or more for the necessary specific planning/design work to be completed and infrastructure to be built, including water, power and main roadways. After the site is improved, the master developer will seek various specialty developers for the housing, retail, office, commercial and sports venues planned for the property. The process of building out the project will take several decades. For more information, visit www.concordreuseproject.org.



 
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