The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Concord Detachment consists of approximately 5,170 acres and is located within the City of Concord, California. The city’s (population 129,350) size is approximately 19,923 acres. It is noteworthy that the closing Navy base is approximately 25.9 percent of the city’s jurisdiction. Concord is located about 35 miles from downtown San Francisco, and is served by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) mass transit station. The job loss from this Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 decisions was modest—with 71 civilian personnel jobs lost.
The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) designated the City of Concord as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) in December 2005 to direct the planning and implementation for the base’s closing. The city conducted a comprehensive planning process and completed the reuse plan in January 2009. The redevelopment plan envisions a clustered village approach with a series of villages connected by transit, allowing for a diverse development balance with the creation of up to 12,200 housing units, 8.5 million square feet of commercial and industrial space (creating 26,000 new jobs). This redevelopment will occur on approximately half of the original base property, and the remaining acreage is set aside for conservation and open space.
The plan’s homeless accommodations, driven by BRAC reuse planning requirements, are the subject of ongoing discussions with the city, the Navy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and homeless providers. This effort will be complete with HUD review and acceptance of the city’s revised BRAC Homeless Assistance Submission.
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