UPDATE: Neighbors Protesting Planned Development of 11 Single Family Homes in Concord

May 5, 2014 9:27 am · 100 comments

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Neighbors in the area of Walnut Ave. & Grove Way are out protesting the planned development of the Copperleaf Residential Subdivision in Concord this morning.

The planned development includes 11 single family homes on 2.36 acres.

One neighbor, who goes by the name “MinuteMom”, says “I wanted to let you know about a beautiful house of historical value that is about to be demolished in my neighborhood of Concord. It was part of the Humphrey estate on Walnut Avenue, just adjacent to Humphrey St. (which was named after this family).

Mr. Humphrey died many years ago. His widow passed away only a few years ago. The estate, along with several acres of walnut orchards were inherited by Mr. Humphrey’s children. They ended up selling everything to Discovery Builders.

Many of the neighbors advocated for this property with Concord City officials, to no avail. I contacted the Concord Historical Society and was told that the owners of the house needed to be the ones to nominate it for consideration as a historical landmark. Because Discovery owns it, they did not want to do that.

This beautiful house is about to be demolished. All the walnut trees were torn down a few years ago. Our neighborhood is devastated. Discovery Builders will be building homes on the property that do not blend with the rest of our homes. It’s very sad and disturbing.”

We’ll keep you updated on the protest.

According to the City of Concord, the project was approved on July 13, 2009.

UPDATE: We’re hearing the protesters went to the Concord City Attorney’s Office, and are no longer in front of the home.

A neighbor says “they just tore down the barn and have ripped out the lemon tree. They will be destroying everything, including the palm tree and stone wall (pictured below).

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We’ll keep you updated, but it looks like the demolition will go on as planned.

To read more about the planned development, please click HERE.

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1 Old Guy May 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Discovery Homes? Isn’t that a Seno owned company? Sounds like the project is too far along to stop. Progress!

2 Since the project was approved May 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

in 2009, I think the protesters are a little late.

Enjoy the new homes in the neighborhood. Welcome the new neighbors.

3 Walnut All Day May 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I agree. Those houses will not blend with our houses.

4 Shiloh May 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

This lot has always looked big enough for one, maybe two, nice homes to me. Can’t believe they will put 11 there! My feelings about Discovery Homes are strong and NEGATIVE, to say the least. Greedy, greedy, greedy. No heart.

5 Chester E. Kitty May 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Sounds to me like Mr. Humphrey’s kids just wanted to get the most money they could for the house and land! People are so greedy!

What a shame! But it’s just like Concord … we can’t keep anything around longer than 40 years! Pathetic!! I hope your neighborhood is able to stop the houses from being built!

6 foonman May 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Where are they going to get water for eleven new homes? Is that why we are all cutting back?

7 kax May 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

sadly, this happens all to frequently….the builders have no souls when it comes to making money….

8 Cowellian May 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM

They’re complaining about single-family homes? Give me a break! That piece of land will easily support 11 lots that are the same size as all the surrounding lots.

Maybe the protesters should buy the land from Discovery, and then they can use the land as they see fit.

9 Get a Life May 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

To people who protest every little change in your neighborhood….GET A LIFE!

Unless it’s a strip club, porn shop, marijuana shop……you get the picture, forget about it. Learn to focus on things you can control. Like your own life.

Or push yourself to succeed, live in the hills, and you won’t have to worry about it.

10 Winston May 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I’m sure 11 houses on ~9,000 SF lots (the same size as most of the lots in the neighborhood) will just destroy the pristine character of the area.

11 psycdyke May 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

They have done the same thing in our neighborhood and are now in the process of building. The developer is Seeno.. Get the information from the City Planner and/or Engineer that describes the “conditions of approval”. Monitor the project. Get to know the City inspector. Call the inspector when they break the rules. Their methods of building and the way they conduct business is well documented on the internet.

12 I can't wait. May 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I want to buy one. Most of the houses in Concord are pretty old. It would be great to have a brand new, modern, single-family home on a large lot. Only problem is that it sounds like the neighbors are old and grouchy.

13 Terry Kremin May 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

This is exactly what I keep talking about on having GOOD infill projects – not these cram as many cracker boxes as you can into established neighbor hoods.

Too much hodgepodge development, and planning by developer whim instead of a real plan and cohesive concept.

14 Stater of the Obvious May 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

If the neighbors are so concerned about the Humphrey house why didn’t they buy it?

I hate NIMBYs. I hope they build a drug rehab center there instead of housing.

remember this NIMBYS, the house you live in and call home wouldn’t be there if the last generation of NIMBYs had succeeded. Everyone wants to stop development as soon as they have theirs.

15 Terry Kremin May 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM

We have to stop thinking like we are just a bedroom community and that more bedrooms wherever we can shove them in is the answer to everything.

16 Dorothy May 5, 2014 at 10:23 AM

If Seeno is the developer the protest has already lost. Best they can do now is protest enough to make sure at least good materials are used. Make sure the inspectors do real inspections.

17 Frustrated May 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I can’t BEGIN to voice my annoyance about developers. Where I come from back east, having a YARD is NOT a luxury! And yet, out here, developers can hardly wait to get their hands on ANY empty or potentially empty space.

As to those who tell the protestors to “get a life”, you’ve apparently not spent NEARLY enough time in “open space” enough to enjoy it for what it is.

18 Don't Do It May 5, 2014 at 10:34 AM

A larger lot size the greater the cushion between property tax revenue paid by property owners and costs for city services.

antioch (capitalization a sign of respect) city councils allowed small residences on lots under 5,000 sq. ft. and they are paying for it.
Cost of city services to each parcel are at a fixed to rising cost mainly due to employee costs. With a small cushion antioch had to cut services to it’s citizens.

19 Jammer May 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

This seems a bit like the second coming of the PH Dome.

Its private property, legally purchased and vetted through the City for develpment. 11 single story homes with decent lot size match the existing neighborhood well.

Can’t wait until the Naval property starts to get developed – you’ll need a second web site.

will c.hg o f

20 Winston May 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

If you want to see what’s going in in place of the old farm house, look here:
http://www.cityofconcord.org/pdf/citygov/agendas/bc/plc/2009/03182009_01.pdf
The house drawings start at page 53. Seem nicer than the rest of the neighborhood.

21 Elm Road Rob May 5, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Most people are upset by the special treatment provided the builder.
If an individual wants a variance the city has and will deny.
Politically connected entities rule the day in California.

22 Rob May 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

While I can understand the desire to save homes such as that the reality is that if you want to save them – raise the money to buy them, otherwise I don’t think its really fair to tell someone else who has spent their money that they then cannot tear down what is there and build something new.

23 instagramma May 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

HA.. Seeno (snort of derision)

24 TooBad May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Too bad. I wish this beautiful home could have been saved. Oh well. Out with the old and in with the new. Hope the new will be nice. There are some strange little developments that have popped up. Not really like real neighborhoods. Would be nice to preserve open space. It’s prettier to look at than more people.

25 Cowellian May 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Those are nice looking houses.

26 Buster May 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Project should be reevaluated since its been 6 years and the development code has been changed.

27 BagsFlyFree May 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

This is a great street in Concord.. If the neighbors were so against anything but dirt sitting here, they could have formed a HOA and setup a community park/pool on this lot. The home in question was old, but isn’t in the “zone” that the city likes to promote as historic (downtown Galindo corridor). As for Seeno building here, well what can you do? If I were a potential buyer of a property here, i’d have my own inspectons on every stage of the build, and upgrade as many materials they allow, (insulation, foundation, plumbing, electrical). Lets hope the city planners mandated these homes to come with some solar panel options.

BFF Out!

28 East Coast May 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

This would never happen on the East coast, they try and preserve our history. California has no history, if it’s 50 years old we destroy it. The town I grew up in the Navy bought, moved to Concord and they eventually closed the elementary school I went to. My first job site is now a intersection, so nothing stays the same.
Seeno is destroying the natural hills in Bay Point, just mowing them down one after another.
So Sad!

29 @RANDOM TASK May 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Judging from the map shown, the housing density will be only slightly higher than the surrounding neighborhood. Consider yourselves lucky. Take a look at what the city approved next to my previous home off Meadow Lane
(with Mapquest). The 2-story condos were only a few feet from my back fence. Also, check out the condos next to the Terminal Center. Way more dense than the surrounding neighborhood. I really wish the city was required to maintain the existing R-density.

30 AldrigeFamily May 5, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Doesn’t pay to do things last minute…been on the books forever. It sucks that great house is being torndown. P.S the property was sold by the family who knew what was going ot happen so your anger should be at them. (not that Seeno is any good)

31 Vandy May 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Its sad to see more open space developed. It would be better to stop it. But this is privately owned land and the project approved years ago. The opportunity to stop it has passed already so we just have to embrace the progress and welcome the new neighbors. At least its not hideous townhomes without yards, like the ones closer to downtown.

32 Nurse Ruth May 5, 2014 at 12:26 PM

It’s a new generatiohn of ruin quality things to put in cheaper, low quality things to make an instant buck.
Nothing lasts anymore and nothing is quite as good as it was in 1950 and before.
Sorry kids, it’s the truth!

33 Antler May 5, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Those houses look just fine, but I think the lots are WAY too small. I do disagree with having models with the garage next to the bedrooms or opening into a hall next to bedrooms…exhaust fume leakage, potential fire hazard. And ditch the use of Texas privets in landscaping, please. We have enough of those allergy demons in town.

But though I agree that the time is past for unpleasant, major objections, 2008-09 was your potentially operative moment, neighbors. You might try for two fewer homes on the given plot of land, making the point that the housing market values are much higher now than in 2008 so that Seeno would not actually lose money by granting such a conciliatory gesture.

34 Procrastinators May 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Where were these neighbors back in 2009 when they could have prevented the rezoning, tree removal, etc? Too late now people.

35 james May 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Well you cant blame the Seenos they may do things a little shady, but what big business does things straight anymore?

You should be harping on the kids that cashed out. It was their decision to sell. Right? Not Seenos.

Progress hurts sometimes, but it is the cycle of life. I imagine all the farmers in the area in 1930s,40s,50s where complaining too about all the change when things started to progress.

36 Aghast..... May 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Sad to see a little bit of native Concord history being destroyed. Personally I feel Seeno and his ilk are corrupt, immoral, money grubbing scumbags. They have violated so many environmental laws and bulldoze land to make way for cheap and inferior homes……

37 Triple Canopy May 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Hypocrisy at its finest! “Change” is good except when it happens in your back yard.Scrape it. Build it. Move forward.

Just remember that some developer built your energy inefficient cracker box house.

38 Concord Mike May 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

This actually looks like a nice infill project. The lot sizes are consistent with the neighborhood and the new homes will improve neighbors’ property values.

I would be the first to complain if the city allowed developers to push the envelope with postage stamp size lots or apartments in a residential neighborhood, but this looks pretty compatible to me.

The neighbors should be grateful… this could be a whole lot worse.

39 On the mark May 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

@14 exactly, couldn’t have said it better.

40 biggus thinkus May 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

i am sorry for whom is buying the property, and thus, saddened to hear any community request to save the area for historical value appears to be falling on deaf ears.

that being said, i’m sure several other people other than myself would love the opportunity to salvage as much of the original interior for reuse within our community. LEGALLY. no b&e stuff, but careful deconstruction (windows, those cabinets, etc) with permission prior to demolition

41 inmotion May 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

As usual, bloggers’ crying over spilled milk.

42 Owl Lady May 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

There is a Seeno project being built across the street from me. I live on Olive Drive. We fought this every step of the way and while I don’t like what will be built there, it is much better than what was originally proposed by Seeno. We will have a mix of 1-story and 2-story houses, they will somewhat blend with the neighborhood, and the t-street with a hammerhead was not allowed after much heated discussion.
This is not a NIMBY, it is our neighborhood desire to maintain some of the history of Concord and to have some thought go into the new developments and in-fill projects.
We discussed buying the property and turning it into a park, but it was not possible for all of us. We know the property is owned by Seeno and that it will be developed, but, as neighbors and residents of Concord we also have some rights.

43 Momsence May 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I had heard that Discovery Builders had owned that lot awhile back when another house off of Walnut Ave. was for sale. I had wondered about that fenced off property for many years. I would say it is not so bad if it was any developer other than Seeno/Discovery. If you follow their history it is filled with scandal – financial & tax problems …..? Why is it ALMOST all new construction in Concord and most surrounding cities is Seeno/Discovery? 11 houses for that lot seems like too many; maybe the lot plan can be revised, for less. Too bad the original family did not will/donate the original old house and property to the Concord Historic Society. Get the word out that this is a viable option for other families/heirs; if that is a financial option for them. We will continue to deal with this problem for years as the charm of our old Concord neighborhoods is destroyed. That Walnut Ave. area is really charming, lovingly maintained, and “old-timey”. If you are a family that needs to sell; try to sell to a different developer? WHY DOES Seeno/Discovery have to monopolize all new builds in Concord…..?

44 @AldrigeFamily May 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Do you really think the family selling the lot has access to the developer’s plans at the time of sale? And all of you blaming the sellers, do you think anyone believes you would take much less money to insure the neighbors are happy? Get real.

45 bigdaddy May 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

they should put some section 8 apts there

46 Momsence May 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

2-story homes? Over 4000 sq. feet? 6 bedrooms? These are huge homes, crammed into this site plan. This development sounds better suited to some kind of “commune”…..ha ha. There are only a few 2- story “farmhouse style” homes on much bigger lots at the other end of Walnut Ave. closer to Farm Bureau Rd… This is what happens when neighbors don’t pay attention…..? OR plans are made between city and developers “under the radar and behind closed doors”…..? Reminds me of the Spirit Poles on Concord Ave. in the 80′s… Big ah ha! Ha ha.

47 anon May 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Sad!! I wonder if the kids were going by their parents wishes? Probably not :o( That neighborhood will never be the same. Seeno/Discovery Homes could care less. It’s about the money for those crooks!!

48 Anon May 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

This is way too many homes for this property in this area. But as others have stated this is Seeno and it won’t matter they have always owned the politicians.

49 Blink May 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Glad they aren’t apt or town homes….

50 Blame the right people May 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Don’t be mad at the builder, be mad at the kids who sold it to the builder. The same thing is about to happen in Clayton at the old sugar king’s mansion near Lydia Lane park. Beautiful property and house before it burned 5 years ago. But again, whoever owned it sold it to developers. They didn’t have to.

51 Owl Lady May 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Those huge houses are the same ones, using the exact same plans, they tried to put here on Olive Drive. There is an expiration date for plan approval – maybe one of your neighbors can check the City of Concord website to see if the approval is still valid. Or email the City Planner who is in charge of the project – his name is in your link to the plans. Seenos own a lot of property in Concord and I hate to think what they plan to do with our lovely city. They have no respect for the existing neighbors, the wildlife, the environment or any of the rules. They are, in my opinion, despicable people.

52 Cowellian May 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

There sure are a lot of people who feel entitled to tell other people what they must do with their own property.

53 Silva May 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

They did that to us a few years back on a much larger scale. SUCKS!! there’s no good reason why that home should be demolished though. It can be sold for $1.00, moved, and preserved as the gem it probably is in another location. Good luck people.

54 Silva May 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

They don’t make them like that anymore!

55 CoCoOld May 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Check out Discovery Homes’ reviews on Yelp. Most reviewers would give zero stars if they could. All seem to have unresolved problems after Seeno has gotten the money. IMHO if someone is foolish enough to buy a Seeno home they get what they deserve. I hope the McMansions don’t follow the Seeno Rule but I’m not holding my breath.

56 Clueless May 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

@Cowellian—-#52

Those same people are telling others how to live their lives in person. Why should the internet be any different?

57 Archie the Architect May 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

That is a nondescript house, nothing special whatsoever. People need to quit bellyaching over every single change in their towns.

Just look at that map. subdividing that lot for 11 homes would put be right in line with how the rest of the neighborhood is divided. What the hell are they complaining about? MIND YOUR FRICKIN BUSINESS.

58 @48 May 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Similar lot sizes for the neighborhood. Houses might be larger and a lot more expensive. Wonder how the schools rate in that area .

59 Grewah May 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Welcome to Concord. Where the builders get the goldmine and we get the shaft. Major part of the reason I am looking to move out of here. We have the same thing going on in the neighborhood I live in. Wonder if they will put a cul-de-sac in for house access. It will be a private drive so there will be HOA fees for the homes. That way the city does not have to pay for its upkeep.

60 Incognito May 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

We’re really not much into preserving old architecture here in America, not to mention the fact, upcoming generations are not really into preserving their family history, antiques, artifacts, you name it. This is why you see more and more entire estate sales. Just get rid of it. Clearly the Humphrey family had no interested in keeping this building preserved and in their family.

61 could be much, much worse May 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

11 single family homes on 7,500 sf lots? Those are ranchettes by Concord standards. The way the Concord housing and planning staff promotes high density, low income housing, the neighbors should consider themselves lucky.

62 Cash May 5, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Blame the city. Concord is notorious for having no building code rule that can’t be bought. Look around our city….no character, no continuity and no care for preserving history.

63 Quack quack May 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Dang it. What a bummer. Hubs and I walk by that area sometimes on our longer walks. Have affectionately admired the house and land.
What a shame.

64 anon May 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Looking at the plans doesn’t give you the true impact of these homes.
If you want to see the real impact, Discovery built some a few years ago on Skyler Ct. across from CVCHS.
Drive up Valmar Drive, look over the top of the houses on the right and see the monster homes they built. They are bumped up to our fence lines, basically 3 story homes looking down on us. We have -0- privacy now, thanks Discovery.
1 story homes are sufficient for most families you don’t need to over power the neighborhoods.

65 Elm Road Rob May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Sorry to say voters have placed planning in the hands of Politicians and Bureaucrats

Neighbors and the community will have very little say.

We are all now the Bay Area

http://www.onebayarea.org/plan-bay-area.html

If the zoning rules and variances are applied equally then I support property ownership rights.

66 Mark May 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Discovery Builders was raided by the FBI and Secret Service a few years back. I never heard or saw any follow-up story in our local media. Can the Mayor shed any light on the outcome of that situation?

67 Atticus Thraxx May 5, 2014 at 6:42 PM

It was a beautiful house. I love the stone wall and the fireplace. Damn shame something couldn’t have been worked out.

68 irishill May 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Typical Agenda 21 project. Concord seems to be on board!!

69 Buck May 5, 2014 at 7:09 PM

That is to bad.But most homes in Concord and Clayton rest on land that was once rich farm land,ranches,walnut and almond orchards etc. etc. etc.Get used to it. We did.

70 Neighbor May 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM

The house is gone and that is sad. The real issue is the density of the homes on the proposed land. This project will put a minimum of 22 more cars on a street that is over taxed by people who use Walnut as a short cut. Those who say we should not gripe about what is being built are not aware of lot sizes or have always lived in homes boxed in by their neighbors. I live on Walnut and was involved in the early meetings involving this development-your voice is not heard in city council meetings. Do not blame those who sold the property as most would have done the same-getting the most for the property. Take the development to 7 or 8 homes -and the developer will still get more than the 5.1 million they paid. Do not get upset with us on Walnut. It is our neighborhood and our right to protest, even if a little late to make a drastic change. Learn from us and do not let it happoen where you live.,

71 Old Timer May 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Welcome to America. I am tired of people telling people what and what they cant do with there own property. If you don’t like it move to Alaska’s last frontier.

72 Owl Lady May 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Dear NEIGHBOR (#70) – we are facing the same issues over here. There was an old farmhouse on the property, it was demolished. It was not as nice as the one in your neighborhood, but there were other things about the property that I will always miss. We would love to provide ideas and support to you and your neighbors. We have gotten some good movement over the past 2 years. This project is 1.37 acres and there will be 6 houses. How do I get my contact info to you? I would do it here, but I don’t want all the Claycord nay-sayers to bomb my email.

73 Fig Newton May 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Let it go,,,,,,,,,,,,,,It’s a old delapadated home,,Seeno is King! You chronic complainers need to get a life! I live in a Seeno Home,,, it’s the best built home on the market! Go Seeno!

74 Miranda May 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM

@72
This has to be wrong, we are experiencing the same issues here–as soon as you find out, let me know.

75 Cat Wrangler May 5, 2014 at 9:29 PM

The neighborhood preservationists didn’t speak up in 2009. So, a beautiful, older home with walnut orchard is being transitioned into beautiful new homes for 11 families in the midst of an established neighborhood with equivalently-sized lots. Hmmm. Seems like all those complaining today will be crying all the way to the bank when they cash-in on their higher house values.

I prefer orchards and openspace to unchecked development. Concord already grew around this little pocket and community interest didn’t speak against it in 2009. Maybe their are other areas that would benefit from preservation and protection. What about the former DeRosa Estate on Cowell? Joe DeRosa made an awesome contribution to our community over his long life and his home is a gorgeous example of long-forgotten architecture.

76 Shannon May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Nothing is sacred except money to these people.

77 who? May 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Tear it up this is an old site and needs to be developed on the development here is old crusty and a public infested with a whole bunch of negative insects ani mals etc build do something responsible for the city haters shut your mouth!!

78 Ursla May 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

That’s good to know-but sorry for those that have to go through this; I hope concord will work with these people.

79 me May 5, 2014 at 10:26 PM

knock that termite infested shack down and pump in some slambang slab homes.
Its all on old orchard, make sure you hire a good exterminator. Monthly.

Most of the older homes in the area are framed with redwood. Good luck with that dug fur. yum yum said the bug. of course you could turn your lot into a Superfund site keeping the bugs out, just dont test your soil in 5 years. or have kids.

I’m sure all of the inspections and protocols will be followed.
Money talks and this will make everyone (City, Developer, Inspectors) a few bucks,get out of the way.

Ask anyone living in a Seeno home over 10 years old how its looking today….

And if your lucky the values will help yours.

80 AldrigeFamily May 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

@AldrigeFamily (aka anonymous)

YES! Hello they knowingly sold it to Discovery Builders, a home developer, what did they think was going to happen? The owners knew exactly what they were doing..and they skipped all the way to the bank.

-The Aldrige Family

81 A Pleasant Hill Dick May 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Contra Costa is nothing more than a load of crap strip malls and No history or Arts. It’s time to move before crime goes up even further and home prices go down, just as in other parts of the Bay Area. Thanks Concord. And thanks p.h. for the new Dick’s store no one wanted…

82 VikingPrincess May 6, 2014 at 12:45 AM

So basically this is an estate and they plan to build and sell the parcels? Tried looking at the homes via link but according to my computer police program the site certificate is looking a bit untrustworthy so I will wait.
Over two acres for 11 homes. Need to calculate space for the pavement and such. Without looking at the plans it sounds like tight quarters. Guess it would be OK if built sturdy with real walls and you can’t see your neighbor showering while you’re cooking dinner (silicon valley).

@ Cowellian – will be like one of those aneurysms in the road (cul de sac) with a mini community?

Glad the historical society got involved. Nothing worse than a blow and go contractor who leaves behind a bipolar looking neighborhood. Eee gads.

83 Action Jackson May 6, 2014 at 7:06 AM

I’m sure that the people that live around the house would make sure that whoever bought their house would not remodel or level it after they bought it…right?

It’s sad to see that the house is so nice inside. BUT, this country (used to) stand for private ownership of property and the right to use it and dispose of it as you see fit.

Now how many of these protestors are going to do the Christian thing and welcome the new home owners to the neighborhood? Remember, store up your treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy. Matt. 6:20

84 dk May 6, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Drove by to look at the house this morning… No house… Just a pile of wood…

85 Cowellian May 6, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Aneurysms in the road? Now, that’s funny.

One of the nice things about a cul-de-sac is that nobody will be speeding through, using it as a shortcut to someplace else.

86 liveandletlive May 6, 2014 at 8:28 AM

I can’t believe the amount of negativity toward a company that yes “makes Money” but employs a lot of good folks …in this economy ? Come on people!

87 mwo1859 May 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

My dad grew up on a walnut farm on farm bureau road and clayton road. Now its appartments

88 Owl Lady May 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

The “aneurysm” on the road is how these Seeno infill projects are done if they can get away with it. It is cheaper for them to build that way. All the services run down one road. If you look at the plans, though, the aneurysm does not allow parking on either side of the street. That is one of the reasons we fought it over here, as we did not want the excess cars to be parked all over our street.
As far as the lot size, a 7,500 square foot lot may seem big enough, and, it is if you put a 1,500 square foot single story house on it. But a 4-5,000 square foot house on that size lot leaves no room for green space or landscaping and does not fit in with most existing Concord neighborhoods.

89 @ Pleasant Hill Dick May 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The proponents and supporters of Prop 13 are to blame for the strip mollification of California. If you starve cities of property tax revenues, guess what they’ll build instead? shops.

You can thank Howard Jarvis for Dicks.

90 Sad state of affairs May 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Sad that this is the state of our area. no preservation of history, and no sense of lineage by Mr. Humphrey’s children to preserve the legacy of their parents. Just sell their parent’s land off to some developers who are looking to make Concord even more crowded than it already is. Why is there this constant need for people around here to tear down anything historical and precious that made this area great? Some landmarks are better off left untouched. Now there will be no continuity for the next generation of children.
And for those people who actually think this development project will make Concord better and increase the value of properties located there – WRONG!!!!! Concord is now known as being the new Oakland. People are not going to be lining up to buy new homes in this area. Crime is crime, and Concord is full of it. You just can’t polish a turd.

91 RanchgirlCA May 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

They should have allowed some of the homes fixtures to be salvaged rahter than just rip it down. That is quite a shame, but should be expected from anything Seeno. I wouldn’t live in one of their houses if you paid me.

92 anon May 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Typical Seeno double the workers send out the heavy equipment and move forward before the public outcry grows any larger. Nice job Concord let’s give the naval weapon station property to Seeno too they do a great job building sliding hill homes.

93 Bart-Rider May 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Seeno already has the Naval Weapons property. He owns most of Pittsburg, is trying to own all of Antioch and seems to be targeting properties within established communities. Make sure you don’t elect City Council members that are in his pocket like Mayor Harper and Council member Tescorino in Antioch. The citizens are getting together to get these guys OUT, OUT, OUT of Antioch.

94 Bart-Rider May 6, 2014 at 9:35 PM

P.S. Seeno WILL ruin your neighborhood. He’s used to breaking all the rules and getting way with it because everyone is in his pocket. He graded in Pittsburg with no permit. It is deplorable what Seeno/Discovery has done to the hills at San Marcos. Not one tree, not one school, not one decent grocery store. The Contra Costa City Councils let him build all these developments with no services to with them. I can’t believe Antioch bends over for the dude after the Somersville lawsuit, etc. Now they are closing Somersville for 4.5 months to widen it which is good but none of the other road construction is done out there — that is bad! It is going to be nuts. PLUS ANTIOCH IS STILL BANKRUPT so what good has all that development of all those houses that look alike out in Antioch have done? If you go pester the City Council enough and get some legal advice, you stand a good chance of stopping if you get on it now.

95 slagheap May 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

i reckon the seenos need the money to pay the dozens of attorneys defending them in the various criminal investigations and civil suits involving their operations in calif & nevada.

96 KAD May 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

If the Seenos get to be the Master Developer for the Concord Naval Weapons Station property there will be OUTAGE.

97 Fern May 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM

You can protest all you want. Once City of Concord decides to do something, they’ll get their way. Tried to stop the building of Abba Storage on the Iron Horse Trail and the 8 foot wall and 2 foot iron spears on top that obliterated our lovely view of the hills and fields. They laughed all the way to the bank and left us with an ugly wall in our face. So sad

98 anon May 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM

All these people complaining probably also love the “SMART” growth initiatives in California and the Bay Area which make it very difficult to develop new properties. They then complain that there aren’t enough places for people to live and their children have to leave the state in order to have a home they can move around in. They complain when zoned residential land is divided up because it’s profitable to do so because of their support for legislation that makes it impossible to build otherwise.

99 Psycho Cat May 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Seeno tore down ancient California live oak trees out on the Crystal Ranch property in Concord years ago before all the homes were built. He didn’t have permission to cut down these trees that were 300 to 400 years old. So in the middle of the night one night, some 50 trees bit the dust. Seeno cried “Oops! My bad, my subcontractor didn’t get the right info.” He got a slap on the wrist. Something like a $100 fine per tree and an order to plant new trees for every tree he cut down. A little tiny sapling counts as a tree. He is so rich, he just breaks the rule because he knows he can afford the fine if he gets one.

100 KAD May 8, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Psycho Cat – You are so right. He did that and the fines are so low that they do not care. He had better not get the “Master Developer” for the CNWS property or I may have to move after every thing I have done to protect the trees and wildlife on that property. That would be a real shame.

Free Connie Dobbs.

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