On Saturday, March 18th, the city of Concord held a “Community Reuse Project Kick-off Specific Plan Community Workshop” to update the public on the next phase of the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project with representatives of the presumptive master developer (Lennar Concord, LLC) and its re-use specific partner FivePoint Communities Management. Also in attendance were consultants, city staff, and representatives from the East Bay Regional Parks. It was also an opportunity to receive public input, which was provided in the standing-room-only Wisteria Room at the Senior Center. For such a large group, several consistent themes emerged: many connections to transit, easy biking and walking, good jobs/living wages, affordable housing, community services (especially for the homeless and elderly), and abundant recreational opportunities. What was not wanted: a lot of retail and car traffic. This last will be a challenge given the scope of the project (12,000 residences in the final phase of development) without a robust commitment to active transportation at the outset of the project. The blank nature and scale of this site represent an ideal opportunity to bring best-in-class bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to Concord. This means no more paint-only bike lanes, or mixing bicycles and pedestrians together. Instead, the Reuse Project offers the opportunity for full mode separation – motor, cycle, and pedestrian traffic each in a space physically separated from the others – both along streets and at intersections, a recipe which has yielded bicycle per-trip mode shares in excess of 30% where it has been put into routine practice.
Please avoid recreational use of Marsh Creek Rd and Morgan Territory Rd for now. Bike Concord has been advised by Tamara Steiner of the Concord Pioneer that there has been a hill slide on Morgan Territory which has narrowed available space and rendered those roads the only available routes for a lot of residents.
Please spread the word to any recreational cycling groups you may be part of – Grizzly Peak Cyclists, Delta Pedalers, etc.
FYI from BikeLink:
Hello BikeLink Users,
We want to alert you that on March 1st and 2nd the BikeLink lockers at the Concord BART station will be moved about 125 feet to a location adjacent to the platform. We are hoping to keep the lockers in service as much as possible, however we cannot guarantee that there will be available lockers for use at all times during the move. This will not impact overnight parking on March 1st. Please note the location of the new lockers on the map below.
Thanks for your continued support of the BikeLink system. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Would you like the chance to influence active transportation funding without making the trek to Sacramento? Your opportunity is here! Bike Concord members will be meeting with CA-14 Assembly Member Tim Grayson (formerly of Concord City Council) on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the district office located at 2151 Salvio Street (the Salvio Pacheco office building on Todos Santos Plaza) in Suite 395. We will be urging the Asm. Grayson to support the governor’s proposed budget, which earmarks $100 million in active transporation projects. This means local projects for bicycles, pedestrians and transit could get the funding needed to become a reality.
As we wrote here two weeks ago, the first meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) Reuse Project will take place tonight at 6:00 pm in the Council Chamber at the Concord Civic Center at 1950 Parkside Drive**.
We are now entering a phase of paramount importance in our efforts to ensure that the City and Reuse Project Phase One master developer Lennar–Five Point commit to guaranteeing not only routine but superb accommodation for historically neglected modes—pedestrian, bicycling, and transit—with the aim of securing a Specific Plan that calls for community design that incorporates from the ground up safe, convenient, and comfortable access for these modes.
Following over a decade of debate and initial planning, the looming development of Phase One affords us the first concrete opportunity to advocate for the inclusion of first-rate accommodation for walking, bicycling, and transit. As noted in our previous post two weeks ago on this subject, Bike Concord is in stalwart support of the full implementation of Complete Streets principles for the CNWS Reuse Project. Reuse of this site consistent with Complete Streets will allow for the unprecedented opportunity for Concord to achieve full modal separation on streets from project inception, with dedicated space for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and motorists.
Although we don’t expect tonight’s meeting to delve into much, if any, wonkish discussion of Phase One—staff will present an overview of the CNWS Reuse Project planning process as well as outline the role and responsibilities of the newly formed CAC and the next steps; it’s the “first day of school,” if you will—for those of you able to attend tonight, your presence and involvement is most certainly welcome for the start of this exciting new chapter in the long and storied evolution of the former CNWS property.
(** For those of you arriving by bicycle and are holders of a BikeLink card, secure parking is available in a pod of four lockers a mere two-minute walk away from the Council Chamber entrance. The lockers are located on the north side of the Civic Center directly across from the entrance to the Concord Library on Salvio Street.)
We hope to see you there.