Transformation Of Concord Naval Weapons Station Begins To Take Shape
by Maggie Avants
27 June 2017
The Concord Reuse Project, located on the site of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, continues to make positive progress, delivering on the community’s vision to create a vibrant new development to live, work and shop. The project will ultimately designate over 2,700 acres for open space preservation to the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) and 2,248 acres for mixed use development and open space, parks and greenways is currently hosting community workshops for input to the plan.
The City of Concord and FivePoint, which is managing the project for developer Lennar, hosted the second community workshop for the development on Saturday, June 17 at the Concord Senior Center where over 230 Concord residents gave input on the evolving framework plan. City staff, FivePoint, and Hart Howerton presented to the citizens in attendance. Hart Howerton is on the FivePoint team, serving as the development’s master planner. The project will result in a mixed-use community with housing, commercial office buildings, retail, parks, and a new K-8 school.
“Collaborating with the community and the City of Concord has been a constructive experience,” said College of Environmental Design Distinguished Alumnus Kofi Bonner (MCP '86, M.Arch '87), Regional President of Northern California for FivePoint. “We are looking forward to delivering the World Class community that all envision.”
Residents were asked to weigh in on a variety of exciting features in the development: a Tournament Sports Park, green space, “complete streets” with sidewalks and bike lanes, energy efficiency, a campus, a village center, and community facilities and schools. City staff is in the process of reviewing nearly 800 public comments on these topics.The framework plan is the outcome of years of community input, the City Council’s approved Area Plan, multiple CAC meetings, and the community workshops where Concord residents share their hopes for the Concord Reuse Project, including new jobs and economic opportunity, retail and entertainment, open space and parks, and convenient access to transportation.
Concord’s Community Advisory Committee will continue to work with FivePoint and Hart Howerton to approve greater detail within the plan, heading to City Council approval of a Specific Plan in November 2018. Community members will also have another opportunity to review and provide feedback on the framework plan at the next community workshop set for Sept. 23, 2017.