Concord Selects Four Firms to Compete for CNWS Master Developer

June 13, 2014 14:30 pm · 55 comments

The City of Concord has selected four firms from its initial qualification process to vie for the position of master developer for the shuttered Concord Naval Weapons Station, a 5,050 acre area that has been the subject of a massive community planning process beginning in 2006.

The announcement was made during a presentation by the Local Reuse Authority Executive Director Michael Wright to the City Council on June 10. The four firms are Catellus Development Corporation, Five Point Communities-Lennar, J.F. Shea Company, and SunCal Corporation.

“We are looking for a master developer for the site that shares the community’s vision,” said Wright. “The selection of the master developer to launch the implementation of the adopted Reuse Project Area Plan for the property is clearly one of the most crucial steps in successfully transforming the former military base to civilian use, and realizing the Area Plan’s projected economic, fiscal, urban design and environmental benefits.”

Starting in December, all four firms will be asked to present their proposals at public meetings before the City Council. In January 2015, staff will recommend two finalists to the City Council. After a series of negotiations, one firm will be selected by the Council sometime in 2015.

The successful company will be responsible for conducting more detailed planning/design and engineering studies,  providing all of the infrastructure for the site, including roads, sewer, water, power, as well the financing and successful phasing of the project over many years. After the site is improved, the master developer will likely partner with other companies to build the residential, retail, commercial and community facilities called for in the plan.

While the city is selecting a master developer, the Navy, which still owns the property, is completing approval processes so it can begin to transfer the land to civilian entities in late 2015 or early 2016.

For more information about the project, visit or contact the Reuse Project office at (925) 671-3001.

Horse n around June 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I’m curious about wanting more residential housing. Do they plan on building any more schools? Our schools as of right now are overly full.

Puhleeeeeze tell me June 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

that this part of town is NOT going to be developed into housing. Folks seem to jump over each other to build homes, while IGNORING the fact that we need JOBS. And not just part-time RETAIL jobs that have minimum wage incomes, but FULL-TIME MANUFACTURING jobs. A place were folks can go for a decent job at LIVEABLE WAGES.

WC June 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

If ABAG has anything to the design it will be someplace you’ll never want to be around. No place for parking, tiny housing so they can increase density, streets with big bus lanes. I hope it will be a nice development, well thought out with a mix of places near BART, parks, golf course maybe. Big swimming facility, community gardens. I can dream…

Double A June 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I agree with #1. Also, what about more police, fire, EMTs, etc. Concord can’t handle the calls they have now. Also, what about traffic? Highway 4 and 24 are bad enough as it is. I hate to negative, but aren’t we out of money? Maybe spend on education and keeping what schools and firehouses we have open and running. Just my opinion. 😉

jtkatec June 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Pray tell, how much will this cost the City for these “consultants”?

Sacto Rob June 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Will it have an Olive Garden?

bigdaddy June 13, 2014 at 3:27 PM

nice! cant wait for the save mt diablo people to get involved with that project. it will go from 5000 acres to 5.

Anon June 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Lots of fees and taxes will be generated from this project will go toward funding much needed services.

Atticus Thraxx June 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM


AllenR June 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I’m going to bet environmentalists find a ‘rare’ Ground Squirrel species that will require X hundreds of thousands of dollars to research and millions to build new habitats for them.

When it gets down to it, it will be more retail, more dense-pack housing of which 10% will be reserved for ‘low income’ (read: ghetto/white trash) and the place will be a run down s-hole in 5 years (the downtown theater project comes to mind…). Concord just can’t help itself.

mutts June 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Plant lots of trees then leave it alone. Sick of hills and open land being cemented over.

WC June 13, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Anon #8, and it will probably require 20% more in services than it generates in fees and taxes. Kinda the problem in the entire state. Everyone loves to say ‘much needed services” but nobody wants to talk about where the money comes from…

Vandy June 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Developers are drooling over the chance to pave over every last parcel of land available. The Open Space is what makes Concord a nice place to live. Its tragic that it has to go. The reality is that there are billions of dollars involved and nothing is going to stop “progress”. Its way too close to the freeway and BART to ignore the dollar potential. But Concord would be such a better place if it were simply left alone. Just the other day I saw a red tailed hawk perched across from Bonfare and a coyote near the same spot the same day. I would like to stop the development if I could. But I am not kidding myself either. This battle was already lost a few years back. Tragic…

well... June 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Now concord can truly be the next oakland.

@12 June 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Where didi you get the 20% more figure?

Ancient Mariner June 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

If you want to build a project that will generate revenue for the city, build an active-adult community or a prison.
Active adults (age-restricted, over 50) will bring in SS, pension and retirement money from outside and will spend it locally, but will require fewer city services (very few over-50 graffiti artists or car thieves).
Prisons provide lots of jobs.
No point building factories to create jobs because we’d be competing with overseas factories. The only way that would work woud be if the government gives tax breaks to re-shoring companies to reverse the trend, or reimposes tariffs on imports (Oh, the anathema!)

Concord Res June 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Can’t wait to see what Seeno builds once the buy the bid.

MrDioji June 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

To the people complaining about losing open space: do your research. The vast majority of the area is preserved for the East Bay Regional Park District. They currently plan on having state-of-the-art sports facilities to continue the Willow Pass Park facilities. They will build some higher density housing and retail first, then bring in some single-family homes. It seems like a good plan. If you really care and want to give some input, then go to the planning meetings. There was only one person from the public besides me there last time.

Jim June 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Just so everyone is aware there is a mandatory part that must be dedicated to low income households…pictures your precious land with I belive it’s 10% as projects…that”s 500 acres of projects… So lets see how bad Concord will screw this up…I would take houses and golf courses over projects but of course we have to house our poor, pay their medical and by all means give them money to live on…why would we ask them to actually have jobs when the government will provide…it’s 5000 lost acres as far as I’m concerned

Julio June 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM

How many Burrowing Owls do you think are out there? Costco had to buy half a mountain to save the owls in order to build their new store a few years ago in Antioch. I can see this happening in the Weapons Station.

More schools, #1? June 13, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Sounds great, but first maybe we should re-open the North Concord public schools that were closed down.

Good heart June 13, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Wow! Yeah let’s build some more, when the infrastructure is already on overload! Water is scarce! There is so many empty building already! But by all means keep building and adding more to all the already burdened infrastructures! Makes sense!

Atticus Thraxx June 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

At the risk of repeating myself, Noooooooooo!

KAD June 13, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Julio – There are no Burrowing Owls on the CNWS property or so they say. There are red-legged frogs and tiger salamanders which are protected. They plan to simply move them like the can really do that. No one cares about the wildlife. The few people that commented at the City held meetings proves that folks really do not care.

AngelB June 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Thank You! Puhleeeeeze tell me

Beacon June 13, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Could we just open it up to hiking while the developers an environmentalists argue it out over the next 20 years?

Concord Mike June 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

These new homes and families will save existing Concord schools from closure over the next 10-20 years. The birth rate is too low to support existing schools, but with thousands of new homes will come thousands of young families.

A shot in the arm for a city with an aging population.

KAD June 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM

The East Bay Regional Park District may open trails faster than the City. I hope so anyway. They are supposed to get 2,536 acres. Concord will finally have an East Bay Regional Park.

The Ghost of Helen Allen's Wig June 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

So did every one on the council got “donations” of new Caddies just in time for this vote?
Pushovers, I got a free retirement home north of Sac!
Kids nowadays just don’t know how to put the screws to the developers.

Seeno Incognito June 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

So which one of these companies is really Seeno operating under the guise of a new name????

Anonymous June 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

This is a done deal unless there is something in the initative process that the folks could do..I’d favor leaving it alone.

KAD June 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

The Olympics – SF bid for 2024. The CNWS would be perfect for the Village site. Can you imagine the money the City of Concord would make if that could happen? Just a hopeful thought. Thinking good things.

Srinivasa from Mumbai June 13, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Open up a Business Park for Tech Firms there and i guarantee you Concord will prosper. It will drive out all of the undesirables, raise the rents and home prices, and bring more desirable people to concord. The undesirables will find themselves moving to pittsburg, antioch, etc…

Tech Firm June 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM

I want to come to concord and bring educated families whos kids can win spelling bees. Right now, your kids all play call of duty(pew pew pew) and watch vampire diaries. You can hang out with my son Rambabu and he will teach you how to spell words w/ more than 10 syllables and teach you how to do math. Your kids will score higher on tests. We can resurrect your community and rid it of the vagrants, border hopper, and pwt. We can bring educated people to your community and we will recite pi to 60k+ places. We can eat samosa and vindaloo instead of taco. Concord is ripe for Tech.

I'm Sure Happy..... June 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

That I will be done with my education and out of this city forever by the time that land is developed! Concord politicians have and continue to ruin this city that was once a desirable area. Good luck to those that stick around.

anon June 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

@34 Those ragheads aren’t Muricans. NEVER FORGET!!1!!!!

foonman June 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

As long as it doesn’t require any water, do what you want……………I can see (City) declaring lawns and shrubs to be illegal, then they can make the project a showplace………………….tired of the BS……..cranky today

Carol Jean June 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I think this is good for Concord:. Development requires people workimg to build,.i.e. Jobs; more families means more kids, will have to.reopen closed schools; more people will need more services & bisinesses & therefore tax revenue for the City. All this instead of vacant boarded up ghost town sitting idle.

@anon #36 June 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

soon, you hillbillies will be driven out of concord to where you belong and tech will take over.

KAD June 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Carol Jean – What vacant boarded up ghost town? Most of it is home to wildlife right now. Too bad it can’t stay that way. I am worried about water. We don’t have enough right now.

@#39 June 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Tech isn’t coming to Concord any more than it is coming to Tracy. Startups will come and go before the first shovel of dirt is moved at the CNWS. We will continue to commute to the tech jobs in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

@41 June 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

who said anything about startups bro? lol @ implying tech = startup. do you even lift bro?

Vandy June 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Did my research and I still think that it would be better to have close to 90% left as open space. The animals I saw were in a village center zone according to the plan. Their home would be paved and the animals would displaced or killed. Whens the next planning meeting? We have tried to find out and it seems like only developers get invited.

Poacher June 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Vandy #43. Animals are expendable. Need more houses in the bay area, not animals.

Antler June 14, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Vandy at #43 …. Unfortunately, the types of decisions you are wishing you could influence were already made several years ago. I was one of those who attended the several community input and open speaking sessions at Concord High School. Almost ALL citizens speaking at the meeting agreed on at LEAST your percentage, though a great many wanted ALL the land left as open space. Many attendees filled out survey and comment forms and placed them into a box.

A year or so later, the final seven options presented included NO way we or anyone else could vote for the greater open-space option preferred by what my guess was the majority of Concord residents. Public consultation was a sham from the beginning.

They roughly hauled off a healthy Tule elk herd (four known to have died in the process). And later, under the guise of “making the trees healthier by pruning them and reducing the stands a little”, they launched what truly sounded like a screeching, crashing scene from the invasion near the end of the movie “Avatar”. From my front yard, I saw that huge eucalyptus trees were being simply pushed over by enormous equipment … no discretion whatsoever. I ran inside and called Kathy Gleason, head of the group trying to save the space, and I believe she went to an office in City Hall….at least she went somewhere and got the operation stopped and somewhat revised. But what they had already done was dozed straight pathways for predetermined roads in the new developments. And after another operation, someone “accidentally” forgot to turn on the water system serving the cattle which were grazing on the base, so some cattle died of thirst before a citizen (was it you, KAD?) noticed and told authorities.

The above is only a short form, but maybe it will help you understand that there WAS passion to save the land…at the right place and the right time….and we faced, largely, a done deal.

VarmintEradicator June 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

ill gladly dispatch those animal varmints on that land

Vandy June 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

@Antler Thanks for that info, much more than I ever found while reading online about what is happening with CNWS. I studied the entire plan and I do appreciate the fact there are parks, greenbelts, pathways, bike lanes, and other environmental considerations. However I think that the Bay Area needs more land for wildlife, fewer and better homes to become a better place to live. I entirely disagree with the expendable-animal sentiment. There is an ecosystem here that extends from our yards to the Open Space that surrounds us. Take the Open Space away and many species will not be seen here anymore. The food web will simplify, and we’ll see more city and less nature. One of the great things about Concord is the nature and ecosystem that surrounds us goes way beyond typical suburbia. This is Concord’s priceless treasure. The Developers, The City of Concord, and The US Navy stand to earn some big cash money by trashing our treasure. The way I see it this is looting our community of the only thing we have that is eternal, something that has greater value to us than any number of new town homes, golf courses, and fast food restaurants. What they plan to do is horrible, and I can completely understand why the greedy parties involved ignored the people that would block their cash-grab.

The land is still laying there open, vibrant with life. Its not paved over yet. There must be a way to save it. This is where I am at a loss though. I want to save it but I don’t know how. There must be a weak spot in the plan where we can focus. Time is running out. One thing that I know about protecting Open Space is that you can fight to save it and win, but then you have to fight again and again. All it takes is losing the battle once and its gone forever. Once its paved you can’t ever put it back. I signed up for the CNWS alliance mailing list a year ago and I haven’t heard anything. Are we still trying to do anything or has that group given up?

KAD June 14, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Antler – Thank you for explaining that we tried to get more open space and failed. At least we got a good part of it for the East Bay Regional Park District. The cattle death was caused when there was a fire (I think) training on the base. They shut the cattle in and forgot to open the gate and turn the water on again for them. I am not the one that called that in to the authorities. I was working and not home to see what was happening. Another neighbor called about it. She was using her water hose to give the cows water, at least the ones behind her house. The trees were also cut during mating season and violated the Migratory Bird Act. I was Very involved in trying to stop that one but again we failed.

Tech Company June 14, 2014 at 11:17 PM

call us up and we will bring high caliber people to your community. raise the rents and your home prices. help you existing homeowners build some equity in your homes by increasing the value of concord. and decreasing the crime once the occupants of the poor criminal infested areas have to leave the city. then lets work on the schools, tech company has smarter families so that will affect the schools and you wont have as many low scoring test results.

The Realist June 15, 2014 at 2:36 AM

number 30: This is the overall master plan developer… they will do everything it sounds like, layout the streets, commercial areas, parks, etc.
The residential developer that will build the actual houses will be chosen by these guys?
Don’t worry Seeno & Co. will still be building low-quality shoddy homes in the new development soon enough… if the bought & paid-for city council has anything to say about it.

KAD June 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Vandy #47 – The CNWS Neighborhood Alliance worked to save as much open space as possible. As I said earlier, the East Bay Regional Park District should be getting over 2500 acres. The Area Plan is finished and included in the Concord 2030 General Plan. All we can do now is attend all Planning Commission/ City Council meetings when they start addressing the actual plans to build on the site and try to protect trees and wildlife and object to traffic and noise, etc. This fight is not over by a long shot.

@Vandy June 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

It is truly amazing to me that more citizens do not seem to care about any of this project. Perfect example is the people that live on Denkinger/Bailey. The plan is to widen them and then on West to have it cross thru Concord High School taking out of part of their field. How do you think that is going to be done? Eminent Domain.

The school, etc. will be paid by a special additional tax on the building being build on the property. I can’t spell it right now …Mello Ros…something like that.

The other thing is people think this is going to take years. Well, according to Mike Wright from last city council mtg it is coming faster than ever, like ground breaking in 2015 and real work by 2017. Please view video on city website.

The public can make comments when it comes up again about the super developers. Supposedly they are all USA based. So it’s not like the Bay Bridge build with materials from a country that has never build a bridge!!!!!!!!. Of course, Seeno will try to be a small developer. As I have always said said follow the campaign money for this next election. It’s not only Seeno to be worried about but garbage/police-poa/building trade unions, who aren’t really Demos but R’s. Watch the players switching partylines before and after this election.

Grand Mal June 15, 2014 at 5:56 PM

So how about somebody “public domaine’s” the stats on how many homes on West, Denkinger, Bailey have absentee owners. The landlords bought along those wretched, heavy-traffic streets in the first place BECAUSE they knew City would pay them more than market value someday. Needn’t cry for those gold diggers.
Everybody take a drive to the part of Denkinger going between Concord Blvd and the Navy base. Or look it up on Google map. See the way that street was stubbed off instead of being rounded? Now go look to the left at the way streets on the other side of the high school were stubbed off. The name Lynwood Dr. was even used on both sides of the school grounds. Those developers and the planning commission knew a long time ago about a land transfer. Who were the developers and what were their connections to city government back to the 1950s, maybe land was sold even before then (because those homes in there were already up for sale in late 50s and early 60s)?

KAD June 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Vandy # 47 – I just received an email from the CNWS Neighborhood Alliance. You should be receiving one soon also if you signed up. It is a letter from Brian Holt, Senior Planner with the East Bay Regional Park District thanking the CNWSNA group for support in obtaining a Pubic Benefit Conveyance (PBC) through the National Park Service.

Vandy June 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Thank you again! I didn’t get any emails so it seems like I didn’t get added to the list. I sent another message requesting that I be added to the CNWS Neighborhood Alliance mailing list. Hopefully it will happen this time.

Anyone else out there who wants to help protect the Open Space please visit

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