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The Water Cooler – What Should Be Done With The Former Concord Naval Weapons Station Land?


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:


Sooner or later, the former Concord Naval Weapons Station land will be developed. It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s just a matter of “when,” because there’s too much money involved.


QUESTION: If you could choose, what do you think should be done with the former Concord Naval Weapons Station land?

Talk about it….



...---... January 30, 2023 - 12:49 PM - 12:49 PM

I will repeat myself again.

Leave it alone and let some future generation decide what to do with the land.

PS : Bring back the Elk.

Roz January 30, 2023 - 1:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Ditto! I miss the Tulle Elk.
Have lived near-by for 40+ years.
Been 20+/- waiting to see what will happen.
SO done with the Politics, and don’t want to see anything go there.
But, they really need to fix and widen Willow Pass Rd. from Landana to HWY 4.

Jeff (the other one) January 31, 2023 - 6:27 AM - 6:27 AM

I like this idea. Let the area revert back to what it was.

Exit 12A January 30, 2023 - 12:53 PM - 12:53 PM

A balanced approach to
low-scale housing (low, medium, and higher density no more than 35 feet in height), commercial development no taller than 50 feet height, industrial and open space/recreation given its access to Suisun Bay.
A waterfront would be nice.
Preserve the hills so it fits in Diablo Valley.

Drvrdadca January 30, 2023 - 4:33 PM - 4:33 PM

Curious how you would get waterfront south of Hwy 4? All land north of Hwy 4 is either a golf course, MOTCO or Clyde.

To Do List January 30, 2023 - 1:01 PM - 1:01 PM

As Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit said, “Don’t just do something, stand there.” Given the current breathtakingly poor judgement of local and state politicians and the irreversibility of development decisions, we should do nothing for now. Of course, that means minimum maintenance and such, but irreversible decisions should not be made here under some artificial stress. Maybe I don’t know all the circumstances such as agreements with the military, but why the desperation? Desperate developers hoping to make money? Delusional social warriors thinking those guys living in tents by the side of the freeway will magically move into these units, learn C++ programming and vote Democrat?

Years ago, many in my hometown fought a few idiotic developments, but it’s almost pointless against incompetent politicians who just want to move forward. One was a redevelopment project that tore down half of an historic district to build a mall, and now that same mall is being torn down and everyone wishes we had those historic brick buildings back. That stupid mall was pushed by guys who only wanted money, and had all sorts of charts and graphs and stories on why it needed to be done. Stupid developments can’t easily be undone.

Dorothy January 30, 2023 - 1:05 PM - 1:05 PM

Divide into up to 4 or even 6 sections. Must include road improvements. Easy access to BART. Or rezone into its own mini town – Concord East?

Sharon T. January 30, 2023 - 1:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Leave it alone preserve the history and like one other person said preserve it so it fits the Diablo Valley!!!

Scott Mosher January 30, 2023 - 1:28 PM - 1:28 PM

I’d say housing but only the rich would be able to buy a place there. Use it for open space. Like for hiking , open the closed down town of Port Chicago as a park or give the family’s back their homes the navy took when the town was taken over by the base.

Steven Grady February 1, 2023 - 9:00 PM - 9:00 PM

To the people saying leave it alone, that’s not an option. The DOJ says the land must be developed and will be with or without the city of concord. Better to have the city involved so the citizens of concord get a voice in what happens.

Justbecause January 30, 2023 - 1:41 PM - 1:41 PM

Move Buchanan Air Field or Baseball Stadium – think big – no more houses

WC January 30, 2023 - 2:09 PM - 2:09 PM

Until our daft elected representatives in Sacramento solve the water shortage by putting in a lot of new reservoirs, nothing should be done, let it sit or become a park.

domo January 30, 2023 - 2:37 PM - 2:37 PM

Nothing – let it be open space… yes widen Willow Pass, bring back the elk, if anything make an underground reservoir …. but would our lawmakers be thinking of something like that? noooooooooo

American Citizen January 30, 2023 - 3:17 PM - 3:17 PM

Do absolutely nothing. I can just see the greedy developers now. It’s sad that the voiceless creatures that inhabit this area have no say in what happens. They were here long before people ever got here. Nature always bats last.

Original G January 30, 2023 - 3:22 PM - 3:22 PM

In keeping with “transit village” fantasy land adjacent to north Concord bart station will eventually see 6 – 10 story high density housing. They’ll level out the land east of the station to build on,

April January 30, 2023 - 3:56 PM - 3:56 PM

Bring back the Tule Elk

Bob January 30, 2023 - 4:21 PM - 4:21 PM

Road connecting 4 with Willow Pass and Bailey.

Concordian January 30, 2023 - 4:27 PM - 4:27 PM

Open space. Trails. Park. Elk. Yes, widen and update willow pass.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 30, 2023 - 6:34 PM - 6:34 PM

@Concordian ~ Let’s add a few pronghorn antelope & buffalo too! Maybe recreate a Miwok Village, a Rancho & a Mission ….make it a State Park & learning center for school kids. That would be cool… but another launch site like Vandenberg AFB would be super cool!

THE BLACK KNIGHT January 31, 2023 - 12:15 PM - 12:15 PM

How about a small herd of wild mustangs and wild burrows.

SF oh January 31, 2023 - 3:50 PM - 3:50 PM

… and a herd of ReinBears. Dearly loved in this area.

Drvrdadca January 30, 2023 - 4:34 PM - 4:34 PM

MLB park for the Athletics or leave it the hell alone.

Ricardoh January 30, 2023 - 4:38 PM - 4:38 PM

Make it a redwood forest. In twenty years the trees will be sixty feet high and they will keep on growing. If they grow like a weed in Walnut Creek they will grow there.

Dr. Jellyfinger January 30, 2023 - 6:38 PM - 6:38 PM

@ Ricardoh…… and in 200 years the people will praise your foresight and name it the Ricardoh Redwood Forest State Park…. Right next to the Jellyfinger Space Force Launch Command Center!

Ricardoh January 31, 2023 - 11:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Sounds like a plan.

Chris January 30, 2023 - 6:21 PM - 6:21 PM

Hate to be the one but here we go

Ran into a man who was a modern day cowboy, he told me was hired from time to time to help with cattle on t he CNWS, he was also involved with rounding up the elk when they were to be relocated. He told me they were brought to some area in Petaluma I believe but all the elk were fenced in an area but didn’t have access to water and all sadly died of thirst….. again these are not my words but from the cowboy

Winston January 30, 2023 - 7:51 PM - 7:51 PM

Cornsnake sanctuary!

Ancient Mariner January 30, 2023 - 9:22 PM - 9:22 PM

The land was strong-armed from its rightful owners by the use of eminent domain. Give it back to them (or their descendants) for the same price they were “compensated” with, adjusted for 2023 dollars.

WhichHistory? January 31, 2023 - 7:38 PM - 7:38 PM

Ancient Mariner– -Can you clarify, please? Which era of “rightful owners” are you referring to? Persons who lived in the area earlier than the 19th century, or those owners after that? THX

Ancient Mariner January 31, 2023 - 9:09 PM - 9:09 PM


The Wizard January 31, 2023 - 3:51 AM - 3:51 AM

As the Beatles say…Let it Be…

Amateur Teacher January 31, 2023 - 7:19 AM - 7:19 AM

Build a DUI training circuit so Hoffensteiner can learn to get lit and not get caught.

Well Folks January 31, 2023 - 8:37 AM - 8:37 AM

Sadly if Concord doesn’t get off the stick the Navy will sell it to the highest bidding developer. The Navy wants their $$$$$ for this land. People can dream and wish all they want for open space or large park but it won’t happen as the Navy has made it clear the want MONEY for the land

I really wish I still had all the info sheets from the first round of development proposals. There was one developer that proposed around 8,500 dwellings with an elementary school, jr high school and land set aside for a high school if need be. There was a park and some parklettes and at one end some necessary retail. Of course Concord bounced them first round.

Hope Johnson January 31, 2023 - 9:10 AM - 9:10 AM

Well Folks is correct. Also, the Navy has rules about intended re-use of the land before it will agree to negotiate and sell to any entity, including Concord. Although the Navy shouldn’t be asking for money – Navy took the land from private owners and everything the Navy does is paid for by taxpayers so the public already owns it. Hoping we can get as much open space as possible and something more than just sports fields (something like an Exploratorium or Conservatory of Flowers).

Gittyup January 31, 2023 - 2:05 PM - 2:05 PM

It wants to be a park.

The Fearless Spectator February 1, 2023 - 9:23 PM - 9:23 PM

My vote is still for a much needed penitentiary. A second option might be an indoor cattle range to capture methane and keep the climate change enthusiasts happy. A third less desirable option that would be favorable to the transit village enthusiasts would be a multi-story transit village de-luxe apartment in the sky. Moving’ on up.


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