City of Concord California


News Release


September 25, 2015

Concord postpones selection of Master Developer for CNWS

The September 29 Concord City Council meeting, during which councilmembers were to discuss the selection of the Master Developer for the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS), has been cancelled.

The City of Concord, acting as the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) for the CNWS, initiated a process in January 2014 to identify a Master Developer for Phase 1 of the Concord Naval Weapons Station Project. The City's process has been successful; as the LRA enters the final phases of selecting a Master Developer, two of the most qualified master development companies in the nation, Lennar Urban and Catellus Development Company, are competing to be selected by the Concord LRA board.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Concord City Manager Valerie Barone received a letter from Catellus raising concerns about the City's master developer selection process.

In order to serve the best interests of the public and the City, and to preserve the integrity of the LRA's selection process, Barone has postponed the Sept. 29 public hearing.

The City needs time to evaluate the concerns raised in the Catellus letter. This results in the previously announced and advertised public meeting of the LRA Board for Sept. 29 being cancelled. The length of the hearing's postponement is not currently known. The City will announce and notice the hearing once it is rescheduled.

About the 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. The City started planning for the reuse of the site with the community in 2006. After an initial community visioning session and numerous workshops, the LRA appointed a 20-member Community Advisory Committee, which met for two years. During that time, the committee worked with staff to develop two alternative plans for the base, which were sent forward to the LRA.

In 2009, the LRA adopted the Clustered Villages alternative, which calls for residential, commercial and office use around the North Concord BART station with greenways and parks separating neighborhood villages. Approximately 69 percent of the property is open space and recreational facilities. The eastern section of the property is proposed to be transferred to the East Bay Regional Park District.

Over the next two years, extensive work was done to refine the selected alternative and bring the plan into compliance with the requirements of numerous state and federal agencies. In 2012, the City Council officially adopted the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan, based on the Clustered Villages alternative.

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.


Letters from Catellus to City Manager Valerie Barone.



 
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