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.
NB: Halfway To Concord will profile each of these master developer nominees and report on past projects, industry standing, and investigate campaign finance history with Concord and Contra Costa politicians.
“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 www.concordreuseproject.org or contact the Reuse Project office at (925) 671-3001.