City of Concord California


News Release


October 2, 2015

New date set for weapons station master developer selection

The Concord City Council, acting as the Local Reuse Authority (LRA), will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15 to discuss the selection of a master developer for the Concord Naval Weapons Station. The two finalists in the process are Lennar Urban and Catellus Development Company. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle and will be televised live on Concord Cable TV channels 28 (Comcast), 29 (Astound) and 99 (AT&T U-verse).

A previous meeting, announced for Sept. 29, was postponed after the City received a letter from Catellus raising concerns about the City's master developer selection process. The Concord City Attorney is preparing a response to the Catellus letter and it will be released prior to the Oct. 15 meeting.

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.



 
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