Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan

The Concord Naval Weapons Station was created by the Navy in the 1940s during World War II. The Inland Area of the base was deactivated in 1997 and declared surplus property by the Navy in 2007.

The reuse of the 5,028 acre Inland Area of the Concord Naval Weapons Station represents a significant opportunity for Concord and for the region. The Inland Area makes up approximately one quarter of the land area of the city (8 square miles of the City's 31 square miles).

The City Council's goal was to create a balanced Reuse Plan that would improve the quality of life for residents of Concord and the region through creation of new jobs, a variety of housing types, significant open space, preservation of natural resources, active parks, pedestrian and bike trails. and community facilities. The plan was required to be economically feasible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable.

The Concord Local Reuse Authority ( LRA ) achieved a couple of major milestones in February, adopting its Clustered Village Alternative as the Reuse Plan and certifying a Final Environmental Impact Report under California law. The Adopted Plan proposes a transit oriented development with higher density mixed uses near the North Concord BART station with other commercial/retail and residential uses located in clustered centers on the property. The LRA is now working to incorporate the Reuse Plan into the City's General Plan and to develop a set of disposition recommendations for the Navy's consideration.

Please join us on July 6 to learn more about this important project.

Michael Wright serves as a member of the City’s of Concord’s executive team. As Reuse Director for the Local Reuse Authority (LRA), he oversees the multi-year Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) reuse project. His areas of responsibility include all stages of reuse planning, development of long-term fiscal strategies, and will develop terms for environmental remediation and for property disposal. He also coordinates activities relating to facilitation of project development with local citizenry, the military, Federal, State, regional and local agency partners, and provides professional analysis and advice to the City Council (LRA) through the City Manager.

Michael came to the City of Concord with 35 years experience in environmental science and engineering consulting. He most recently served as a Group President at ERM, Inc with responsibility for all business lines in the Western United States and Pacific Islands. His experience includes planning, environmental engineering and resource management at numerous military facilities including NAS Pt Mugu, NAS Miramar, NAS Barbers Point, MCAS Kaneohe, Naval Weapons Center- China Lake, Anderson AFB, Guam and MCAS El Toro. He has been involved in both closure and realignment activities.

Regional and Urban Design Forum: The Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan
Michael Wright, Reuse Director for the Local Reuse Authority (LRA) will discuss the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Plan.
Time: Noon- 1:00pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland
Contact: 510/464-3600 or Douglas Frazier, AIA
Cost: None; this meeting is open to all chapter members. Please
1.5 CES LUs

For more information: 510/464-3600

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