City of Concord: Another Step Towards Reuse of Concord Naval Weapons Station

January 19, 2014 · 67 comments

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.

1 Oh, goody January 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

We all know what “neighborhood villages” means.

2 shelly January 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

City of Concord is determined to shove this down our throats. Means big money to a few people, but disaster to the rest of us, and a nosedive to our quality of life! Let’s get our heads out of the sand, and let them know what we want and do NOT want them to do to our city.

3 Rose coloured Glasses January 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I’ll try and act just as surprised as the council when they pick Seeno. like theres any other outcome possible. And geewhiz i wonder who will get the garbage service contract uncontested? SMH

4 KAD January 19, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Where are they going to get their water?

5 There goes the neighborhood January 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Just say no to Section 8.

Concord is already going to crap.

6 Mongoose January 19, 2014 at 2:47 PM

@KAD

Excellent question, better yet ( or worse yet ) how are they going to get rid of it, and the solids ?

7 Meth monster January 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM

What’s happens to all the wild life?

8 What’s happens to all the wild life? January 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

All the wild life will be at Moby Chicks!

9 Concord Mike January 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Looking forward to new recreation, shopping, and dinning opportunities that will be built as a part of this development.

I do share the concern about too much high density and/or low quality housing. We need to follow this closely and make sure what is built out there are nice, family friendly neighborhoods. We don’t need more dumpy apartments and condos.

10 Less Bitter Pill to Swallow January 19, 2014 at 3:23 PM

To all of those naysayers that are giving the city council crap, you need to realize that if Concord doesn’t do anything with the property, the Navy will; and the Navy will sell it to whomever they want and we will have absolutely no say. At least this way, we have some modicum of control. You can’t be a NIMBY or a BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything)in this situation.

11 mutts January 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Morons can’t leave well enough alone. What’s wrong with NO cement?
Excuse me, Comcast put me in a bad mood today, Sunday game, no cable

12 KAD January 19, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Since when do developers care about wildlife? Look what Seeno did near Olive Drive with the owl’s home last year. They just deny it existed and they get away with lying.

13 Anon January 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The NWS is a good opportunity for the city. Lots of new parkland and more business and housing. The city’s plan looks good, but the developer will need to be watched so they don’t build Seeno crapshacks like the ones they’re putting up in Pittsburg (aka Seenoville) instead of decent housing.

14 KAD January 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

# 11 – The property is within the Concord City limits so of course the City will have something to say about what happens on that property so stop with the nonsense talk. Development will happen but it needs to be smart due to the limited resources.

15 custer January 19, 2014 at 4:17 PM

L.A. North

16 VikingPrincess January 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I think I know where this is…its the stretch of lovely grassland along hiway 4, with bunkers and i think a shooting range? correct?

If not, I’m at a loss.

I DO hope plans are not to over populate. The traffic will be bad. Hoping for parks and maybe a golf course. I don’t really golf but it’s better than more malls and cookie cutter houses

17 Airport January 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I think the only idea DeSauliner had that I liked was moving Buchanan airport. I think there is plenty of room at the CNWS to create a larger, regional airport that can handle passenger planes. I think it would be easier, EIR wise, to build that type of facility on the land then residential. Possibly less cleanup to do. And just think of the job opportunities. They can then build all the high density housing where the current airport is and or make the golf course larger.

18 KAD January 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

The property goes from almost to Kirker Pass to just on the other side of Highway 4 towards Clyde. Bailey and Willow Pass roads go through the property. East Bay Regional Park should be getting the entire area from Bailey over to Kirker Pass. There are no plans for a golf course.

19 No way LA.N. January 19, 2014 at 4:49 PM

It won’t turn into LA. North, but with the
overall demographic shift in the Bay Area
housing market, look for yourselves .
It will be Oakland West.

20 Airport January 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

And with the proximity of both UPS and FedEx, they could fly in/ out packages to their hubs.

21 carebear January 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

The city cant even keep a handle on the prostitution and pimps on laguna and Ellis let alone the exploding gang war taking place in the city. They want to expand the down town area, and are still fighting for the navel weapon station. People wake up! The last two shooting in concord are gang related. New Gangs Are Coming Into concord. More people means more traffic, crime, section 8.

22 RANDOM TASK January 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

follow the pay offs the city council puts itself in position to take payoffs everyday now you have a problem ….lol you voted to make em the absolute power and now you have a problem ….or is it that they are now throwing it in your face …dems have been doing that for 40 years …..grats on bringing down this state one payoff at a time ……wow this used to be illegal …..but hey at least you will get to contribute more of your pay checks ……congrats for your lemming votes that destroyed this state lol

23 dinkydau January 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Who is going to pay for the cleanup? I know the developers wont. At one time a developer wanted that land or at Hunters Point Navy Yard, now closed and found out they were going to pay for the cleanup or do it themselves. They backed out. It’ll be the same here too.
I wont believe it until I actually see it.

24 Anon January 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

I wish they would let it be natural , but too much big money says otherwise. Get over it.

25 PC January 19, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Let’s just hope the dubious dealing Seeno operation can be kept away from this golden opportunity for Claycord! That outfit represents so much sleaze and this area can do better.

26 itsme January 19, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Among other issues to be concerned with is the water situation. We all know that we’re going to be asked if not told to cut back usage by another 20%. Doesn’t it make sense to put this on hold until the drought situation improves? Let’s hope the city council has some brains!

27 @VikingPrincess, #17---more golf courses? HUGE water users January 19, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Grass is such a useless plant, and golf courses require more water than will be available. Plant grass, watch it grow, cut it; watch it grow, cut it; ad infinitum. We already have more golf courses than needed; do NOT include more in the housing plan.

28 irishill January 19, 2014 at 5:54 PM

There’s nothing I can add. Most have eyes wide open and the comments are for the most part right on!

29 @ Random task January 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Mr.Random, please be aware that throughout
the history of this country, and state, payoffs
on all sides have occurred . Need I mention
the poster child for the Reptards , Gov. Christie.
You continue to deny the fact that California’s
Budget is in the best shape it’s been since the
great money grab by the previous Rep. and
Dem. Govs. And the great water grab was initiated
by Southern Ca. Rep’s.
so get real bone head, or lose what little
credibility you have left.

30 mamatosix January 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

How about the traffic issues? How will people get to and from?

31 Steve H. January 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM

We’ll have gridlock at the Caldecott again sooner than you all can imagine.

32 Julio January 19, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Department of Defense clean it up? I know if 5 states they just went in and put a cement cap on what they were supposed to re-mediate. Look at Treasure Island..now having to move people off TI because it is toxic. DoD doesn’t do anything right and I don’t expect them to start with the Naval Weapons Station. I agree keep Seeno out. But Concord kisses his rear just the way Antioch does.

33 no handle January 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

How about just plain hands off the property for say about a hundred years to let some future generation have some say as to how some land is developed or not ?

34 KAD January 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Every time this topic comes up I post the same thing. Here it is again. The Navy is cleaning up the property. If you are really interested in it please attend these meetings;
The RAB meetings are open to the public.
*CLYDE CLUBHOUSE*
109 Wellington Avenue
Clyde, CA 94520

We will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2014 RAB Meeting Dates
• Wednesday, January 15, 2014
• Wednesday, April 2, 2014
• Wednesday, July 9, 2014 (one week later to accommodate 4th of July week)
• Wednesday, October 1, 2014

35 Elwood January 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

@ @VikingPrincess, #17—more golf courses? HUGE water users #28

I don’t know where you’re getting your information, but a golf course uses less water than the same area of residential development.

You could look it up.

36 Shelly January 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

@KAD; Thanks, this time I’m making a note of it! Time to act.

37 No Black and Blue (or Silver) January 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

This is FORTY NINER country!. :)

38 et-al January 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Can you say “CRITICAL MASS”.

39 funny man January 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

given that it pretty much a nobrainer that Seeno INC. will get the contract, since no other developer will touch our market or has greased as many city councils’ palms… what i want to know is why the FBI raided seeno’s offices. that story from a few years back popped into my head, and i never did remember seeing any updates.
PLZ Concord city council… dont let Seeno developers cut corners on their lots and use substandard materials and shady business practices… it will only give Concord’s rep a black eye.

40 Antlers008 January 19, 2014 at 9:09 PM

49ers lost and its time to leave concord before it is a homeless encampment.They will do what gets more income for the city.It use to be a beautiful place to live.Willow pass rd is a crime pocket and monument you all know.It is coming fast as Antioch went down.Hothing we can do.Just move and let fall.

41 VikingPrincess January 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

@KAD – thanks for the info..will save

@ Elwood – thanks for your comment ;)…

Hey it doesn’t have to be a golf course but I can recall much more pleasant memories lying down on grass looking up at the sky more than anything else.
Going to a park to feed ducks, picnicking, reading, or romancing or target practice (LOL).

42 MDUSD Grad January 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I’m sure a city council member had acousin or brother in law or good friend who happens to be a developer who will end up getting the contract.

Just a guess, but I’m calling my shot now.

43 Mr. Moses January 19, 2014 at 10:46 PM

It’s all about bringing in high status institutions. Try to get another major university to set up a satellite campus there. It is completely opposite the other side of town to the CSU East Bay one which was a boon. Try to get a research center, hospital, or major player who wants to set up an Apple-esque campus in an area with relatively cheap and open land. Heck, even try to get a soccer team or other 2nd/3rd tier team to move here. Expand on every front. You have to placate the self haters so when you build high density housing keep the “high-density” housing right near the BART station and for everywhere else build a lot of McMansions to purposely keep it open space and upscale. Even for the wealthy people in SF and techies making a lot of loot, there just is no more room on the peninsula. Concord is strategically located. Turn that area into a mini-Dublin. Get some new money there. There is plenty of cheap high density housing in Concord for everyone else. Use the land to help upscale Concord.

44 Hubby Jo January 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Ok this begs the question. Name a developer that you would want to get the gig. Ok so Seeno is a thumbs down for various and sundry reasons. Lennar? KB? Jim-bob and Jethro and his brother Daryl? Find something to say yes to before you say no to everything else.

45 cornfed January 19, 2014 at 11:41 PM

What quality of life that is left here is doomed. We all know that the number one job of any government is to expand its tax base and feed itself. Pair that with an ingnorant citizenry, greedy developers, and legacy-building politicians and what you get is overpopulation and urban rot. Congratulations.

46 From Clayton January 20, 2014 at 12:04 AM

6 words: combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

47 LitlleWing January 20, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Lennar over Seeno/Discovery Builders (Seeno Jr.) anyday of the week.

48 Duck January 20, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Why can’t they sell lots to the public and let the person who paid for the lot decide on a contractor of their choice build them a spec home ?
Much like Black Hawk and Diablo did in Danville ?
One quarter acre to Half acre to one acre lots would be awesome.

Throw in a nice park with some quality restaurants and shops ,make it a place all of us that live here would be proud to visit ,live and spend our money in. A comedy house and a nice place to summer night stroll with your old lady.
Or Something like a indoor go kart racer track indoor skydiving , something for kids to do with friends and family.

Please just do something with that will improve our quality of life.
A place we can all be proud of !
Is that asking too much ?

Do the right thing for the people and the taxes the city will receive from such a place will make it worthwhile for everyone.

Like that matters anymore to the people that make the decisions ?

God help us !

Or hell you could always put an Elk herd out there for people to enjoy seeing and hearing !

49 Horse'n Around January 20, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Who’s going to cover that area if there’s a fire or police are needed? Mail etc. We already shut down some stations, the citizens voted for that. The police are already swamped with calls, and I know I don’t get my mail as early as I used to. Will this create more jobs for fire/police etc? I bet not.

50 anon January 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Building more homes that most people cant afford

51 Upset January 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I absolutely hate this, because it directly affects me it’s my backyard. We bought our home 20 years ago specifically for the open space, to watch the wild life and now they want to make it a concrete jungle! I have no curtains, or shades on my windows facing this property because we enjoy the beauty of seeing birds with beautiful colors, or the foxes running down the path. Watching each season as a new bunch of baby calf follow their Moms around. It figures, I grew up in Port Chicago, and the Navy bought the town, now the Navy is selling part of the property. Why don’t they sell the town part and we can all move back?

52 Ted K., SuperMax January 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM

‘Better widen Highway 4…. it sucks now and will suck even more with the additional trip generation.

53 VikingPrincess January 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

@Upset
I’m with you!

Go to the meetings and get involved!

54 Always Right January 20, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Mr. Moses and Duck are right. We need quality housing that is BETTER than what we already have in Concord. Not more poverty housing.

Concord already has plenty of poverty housing. Time for cities like Danville, Orinda, Berkeley, and Lafayette to step up and build their share of low income housing.

55 itsme January 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Well said Duck!

56 Antler January 20, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Those of us who attended the hearings realize that, of the 7 plans finally presented, none represented the consensus of residents. Almost all of us who will be the most directly affected preferred that the land be cleaned of toxins and left as LAND.

At what point and by whom or what agency’s authority are we suddenly facing a choice of major developers?

I share Duck’s feelings. Let’s have NO multiple family dwellings except perhaps near the North BART (where I am all right with there being a university campus or a cultural arts type of center, including a new library). One-third acre or larger lots….minimum dwelling square footage 2,000 sq feet…..no high ceilings (for energy-consumption reasons). Private contractors only!

There are parts of Concord which function as slums right now because City of Concord will not clamp down on property owners…..including bank-owned and developer-owned properties.

57 KAD January 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Thank you Antler for speaking out. I am outraged that I have to read about this on Claycord. I signed up for emails regarding any updates concerning the CNWS development and have received nothing from Michael Wright. I have asked Edi to find out why Michael is no longer sending emails regarding the property.

58 Always Right January 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Wow. Second time in a week I have agreed with Antler:

“Let’s have NO multiple family dwellings except perhaps near the North BART (where I am all right with there being a university campus or a cultural arts type of center, including a new library). One-third acre or larger lots….minimum dwelling square footage 2,000 sq feet….”

Concord does not need more high density slum housing. We already have MORE than our fair share. If we want to attract world class businesses to CNWS, we better have some upscale housing to offer the higher paid engineers and managers.

59 @57 January 21, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Antler said “Almost all of us who will be the most directly affected preferred that the land be cleaned of toxins and left as LAND.”

So basically it is a NIMBY thing…..
Remember, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.”

60 RanchgirlCA January 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

I agree to saying no to Seeno. No more crap houses from them, Ugh. I do agree that if the city doesn’t do something someone else will. As residents we need to get involved and make our voices heard about who, what and how things get done on this land. One thing I don’t want to see is a giant sports arena out there. Our streets and freeways cannot handle the traffic that would bring and I don’t want the fans crusing our area before and after events.

61 The4thBore January 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

This land is going to be a mix of everything, so the NIMBY’s need to accept that and move on to focusing all attention to who the master builder is and fight tooth in nail to drive our collective vision to what gets built. Do not accept cookie cutter Seeno residential tracs as the status quo. We are better than that!

Demand larger lots,
Demand ample walking spaces and parks
Demand bright and efficient lighting
Demand wide roads with ample bikepaths
Demand culture and art be incorporated into the space
Demand high class commercial space
Demand high end residential development

The towns that fight the hardest get what they deserve!

Your favorite 4th Bore..

62 jtkatec @ KAD January 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

KAD, would you repost when it comes closer to the meeting in April, so it giggles the memory cells.

Also, you might want to give directions to Clyde as many people have never heard of this burg.

63 KAD January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

@57 and The4thBore – The time to get involved in past. The master plan has already been developed. As far as NIMBY is concerned, this is a regional issue and always has been because of the traffic that will be generated that will impact the local highways.

64 Antler January 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The 4th Bore at #62 and KAD ~~~~~ At #57, this NIMBY demonstrates her realization that the “keep it as land” option is dead. That’s the reason other perameters were mentioned in that same post.

KAD, I agree with your point about traffic, though readers who do not actually live in Concord may throw that traffic factor into their own NIMBY buckets…….as in “better Concord should have that than we should have to put up with it over here in MY city”.

65 KAD January 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Jtkatec – I will post this again in the Whatever thread when I receive the notice and agenda for the next meeting. It would be great if more than 1 person from the public would attend these meetings and let the Navy know that the residents care about the cleanup of the CNWS. Directions to Clyde – Drive out on Port Chicago highway until it dead ends at the Navy property – the Clubhouse is about a block off of Port Chicago. There is ample parking. Dress appropriately since it is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I can’t wait to see how many new people show up for the next meeting.

66 nytemuvr January 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

@jtkatec #63
I was wrong the other week about Sacramento residents not all having water meters. Mis-information on the water meters from the relator when I bought my house up here.

67 Several Issues all ready set January 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Navy has to do the cleanup before it can be turned over to city. Village plan has all ready been signed off on. Low income housing is a federal law, a certain % of any new housing has to follow the law. Once Concord takes it, Concord is responsible for policing it. I do the city is not preparing for that. Same with county fire. Not sure why all the concern now, as there has been mtgs forever about all of this. People are way to late for the party.

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