The City of Concord has taken another step in the multi-decade process to develop the shuttered Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) property. The City Council, acting as the Local Reuse Authority (LRA), has published a request for statements of qualifications for a master developer for the property.
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 LRA seeks to prequalify a limited number of master developers who will be invited to participate in a subsequent ‘request for proposals’ process in the summer of this year.
The City started the process of planning for the reuse of the site in 2006, when residents and other stakeholders created a vision for the future development of the property. In 2012, the City Council officially adopted the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan that describes to potential master developers what can be built on the site. 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.
At this time, the property is still owned by the Navy while an Environmental Impact Statement under federal law is prepared and environmental cleanup continues. The City is looking for a master developer in anticipation of the Navy commencing the initial transfer of property to the City probably sometime in 2015. Due to the magnitude of the project and the many details to be addressed, a year of lead-time for developer selection and negotiations is common. Once the master developer is chosen for the site and initial parcels are transferred, it will probably take another year or more for the necessary specific planning/design 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 background information and a copy of the full request for qualifications, visit www.concordreuseproject.org. For more information, contact Michael Wright, Executive Director for the LRA (925) 671-3001.