AIA East Bay Event: The Concord Reuse Project and New Town Planning
Earlier this week, Ignition’s principal Veronica Hinkley Reck and designer Divya Jayaram attended a presentation on the Concord Reuse Project, at the AIA East Bay in Oakland. The event focused on the evolution of the New Concord Specific Plan over the last ten years plan and on a future redevelopment of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station to become a model for transit-oriented sustainable design.
The project aims to include 12,200 housing units, over 6 million square feet of commercial development with lots of parks, open space and greenways. This will be done in multiple phases, with the first phase targeting 4,400 homes (25 % of these will be affordable housing), 1.7 million sq. ft. of commercial space, and an elementary school. The project will encourage the use of public transportation, and North Concord BART will serve as a gateway to the 2,300-acre site.
FivePoint and Hart Howerton are working with the City of Concord to develop a Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report by the end of 2018.
At Ignition, we see this as a promising opportunity to address the massive shortage of affordable housing around the Bay Area. Stay tuned as we continue to see how we can play a role in finding a solution to this issue. In the interim, please check out Ignition’s affordable housing portfolio. We are also working with FivePoint at Hunters Point Shipyard.
(Image Credit: City of Concord)