CONCORD (KCBS)— The Concord City Council took a major step toward redeveloping the Concord Naval Weapons Station. After nearly six years, the vision for thousands of acres has been finalized leaving housing advocates and environmentalists alike applauding.

Even though the Concord Naval Weapons Station is closed, the Navy still currently owns the property.

A major hurdle has been cleared as the city is preparing to take over what will eventually become a community of almost 30,000 people with more than 12,000 homes.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

“We want people to be able to live near where they work as much as possible and we want housing to be as affordable to people at all the different income levels,” said Amie Fishman with the East Bay Housing Organization.

Jeremy Madsen of Greenbelt Alliance said, from an environmental point of view, “what’s not to like?”

“It preserves open space. About 3,500 of the 5,100 acres of the Concord Naval Weapons Station will be open space,” said Madsen.

An environmental study of the land is next with clean-up to follow.

The plan clusters development around the North Concord BART station.

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Comments (2)
  1. Chuck says:

    I moved away from Concord five years ago because of crime and horrible schools. Have you been down Monument Blvd. at night? Down town Concord is not much better. In the fifteen years I lived in Concord it went from a nice city to a crime ridden dump. And now they want more people?
    I also think that the land was TAKEN from private citizens back in WWII that should get that land back or at least have first right of refusal before the city or county does anything.

    1. Robin Pixton says:

      My family lives in Concord now and we are happy there. My son attends Concord High School which has an excellent music program. There is definitely crime downtown at night just like any other city.
      As far as giving back the land to private citizens. What color is the sky in your world?