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Like Alameda, Concord is planning for post-Navy development

By epearlman
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 2:07 pm in Alameda Point, Development, Island Life, Off-Island Life, Transportation.

I ran across this story today about development plans for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. This from the news report:

The “clustered villages” concept calls for 28,900 people, 12,300 housing units, 26,500 jobs and about 3,200 acres of parkland and open space. That’s 64 percent of the base’s 5,028 inland acres, which is the part slated for development.

There’s a bit more detail here, and the Contra Costa Times—one of the parent publications of this blog—has a whole page devoted to the former Navy facility in Concord. You can read up about development at Alameda’s former base on Lauren Do‘s blog and, too, on Michele Ellson’s The Island.

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  • bob

    Looks like a good plan. In my opinion, what cities like Alameda need isn’t more luxury houses and lofts ( aka: Bayport homes) but more smaller starter home communities.

    It only makes logical sense. We’re in the worst recession and economic crisis since perhaps the Great Depression. Young families are simply not going to shell out 5-600k for some 1930′s bungalow. Not in this climate, and not with the precarious job market unfolding day by day. Thus it would make more sense to create more concentrated developments with smaller, cheaper houses.

    In my opinion, the average young family and typical middle income family in the East bay could probably afford roughly 250-300k for a house. I don’t think that ballpark figure is at all unreasonable. Let’s say these houses are 2 bedroom deals with a small carport and a small yard. Nothing fancy. No granite counter tops or walk-in tiled showers.Just a decent place to raise a family. While they’re at it, the houses should be placed on lots big enough to perhaps do one or two additions. This is something that is now missing from the typical American family home ownership plan: If you have more kids… add another room. People used to do it back in the day, so why not do it again to help families save money?

    I would suggest that the roads be wide enough for bicycles to comfortably ride down along with the cars. Perhaps there should also be a branch library and a small community center.

    Basically, the way I see it, our own Naval base offers the opportunity for others to get a start versus being stuck with no options except a 600k “starter” home. Give them the chance to become part of the community without breaking the bank or working 60 hours a week. Bring back the true meaning of a “starter home” to the area. This presents an excellent opportunity.

  • Horace Greeley

    Go East, young man.

    Concord awaits, my boy, so does Texas.

    Godspeed.

  • bob

    “Go East, young man.

    Concord awaits, my boy, so does Texas.

    Godspeed.”

    Typical self-righteous Bay Area “We got here first!” response. Doesn’t matter. All of you folks who spent small fortunes on your homes here are already losing a ton of value and will likely do so for years to come. I’m glad I didn’t get suckered into buying one of those “gems”. Who’s smart now?

  • Horace Greeley

    You are smartest of all, too smart for the self-righteous Bay Area. Please don’t decamp for Texas too soon — we need your wise hand at the tiller.

  • bob

    Ahh… I see. I’m certainly not bitter. But you seem otherwise. Go out for a walk. Its a pleasant day.

    PS: Texas might not be so bad. I heard Austin is quite nice, and what’s more- affordable. One question for some of you older folks is where do you think all that new tech money will come from if all the 20-30something year olds leave? No more funny money for you. Good thing for you and the Bay Area housing prices are crashing so that won’t happen.

  • Horace Greeley

    If it’s so awful here & so peachy there, what’s stopping you? I’d think a smart guy like you would grab those low prices & taxes, complete with nifty tech jobs. Leave the Bay Area to us idiots & our plummeting homes.

  • bob

    I never said it was bad here. Like I said, home prices are coming down, and that aspect makes it much more livable here, especially for people who don’t make 200k per family or happen to already own a house they bought 30+ years ago. Secondly, my family has been waiting for a long time for things to get more affordable. We endured years of hearing people around us brag about how much money they “made” on their houses, how much it was worth, and so on. Now that the ball is in the other court, of course people who own homes are going to be a tad bitter, understandably.

    A community/city/nation has to have these market fluctuations. Its a healthy cycle because if things only went up up up, then eventually nobody would be able to afford it, which is what almost happened in the Bay Area. Sure- a lot bought and are now really struggling. But nobody made them buy in the first place. But in any regards, the correction will offer opportunities for new families, who in turn will add to their respective communities.

    If the worst does happen and prices don’t wind up being reasonable, I am indeed considering other options. There’s only so much “value” I place in any area, regardless of its geographic location. If that level doesn’t happen here, oh well. We’ll move away.