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The Water Cooler – Would You Purchase A Home On The Old Naval Weapons Station Land?


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QUESTION: Would you purchase a home on the old Concord Naval Weapons Station property?


Talk about it….


S November 14, 2023 - 12:34 PM - 12:34 PM


Dawg November 14, 2023 - 12:35 PM - 12:35 PM

No reason to, I already have a home, and it’s paid for. There’s already too much traffic, and building more homes will only make matters worse.

domo November 14, 2023 - 12:40 PM - 12:40 PM

Yes,,, of course it depends on price, features, lot size, financing available, view (if appropriate), traffic planning (if any 🙂 don’t laugh)

Roz November 14, 2023 - 12:42 PM - 12:42 PM

Too soon to say because don’t know what will be there.
Too late to say because I might be dead by the time they get it done.
So, more than likely, … NO.

Reasonable November 14, 2023 - 1:06 PM - 1:06 PM

Not me. Old military bases are some of the most polluted sites in America.

RunDog November 14, 2023 - 1:44 PM - 1:44 PM

There was an accidental release of radioactive material from Concord Naval Weapons Station in the 1950s. We were told to shelter in place for several days. Clearly storage and movement of radioactive material was occurring there. With scientists from the nearby Lawrence Livermore Lab and the Berkeley Lab working on the bombs used on Japan, who knows what was being stored there underground. I know all of this because my father was in the military serving at Camp Stoneman in PIttsburg at the time and was privileged with the information. It was not publicized. There was no mention of it in the news at the time. It was secret, as was the development of those bombs.

So, “No.” I would not buy a house there.

Ancient Mariner November 14, 2023 - 1:07 PM - 1:07 PM

Military bases are dangerous – they are spread with toxins from many years of unregulated disposal of all kinds of hazardous materials. The CNWS might be better, because it was more of a spread-out storage area rather than an active, high-population base such as Fort Ord (now a Superfund site). But no, I probably wouldn’t want to live there.

Exit 12A November 14, 2023 - 2:21 PM - 2:21 PM

Military bases operated under their own rules and generally ignored hazardous waste containment and abatement. For example, the barracks and base housing contain lead paint, PCBs, and asbestos. They were “habitable” by definition but were not maintained or repaired according to the CA Building Code because it was an exempted Federal facility. The Camp LeJeune settlement for tainted water is a prime example of bad Federal oversight.
And there is a lot of unexploded ordnance at Fort Ord.

TPC November 14, 2023 - 9:13 PM - 9:13 PM

You are correct. I worked on a UXO sweep line at Ft. Ord probably 20 years ago now. We found quite a lot of shells, some empty and some were carefully gathered and blown up to the tune of, “Fire in the hole!”

Mike November 14, 2023 - 2:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Only if I want to glow in the dark……..

Jeff (the other one) November 14, 2023 - 2:16 PM - 2:16 PM

No, primarily because it is in California, and liberty is fleeting in this state. Second, I would venture there to be tremendous amounts of toxic material throughout the area. Third, I suspect that a majority of the area will eventually be turned into a homeless village, a playground for free drug use and wasting away, which would look so nice amongst the small, expensively built, yet jammed as close together as can be, homes. Wow, what a bitter opinion I have just written…

Wile E. Coyote November 14, 2023 - 3:25 PM - 3:25 PM

You must be fun at parties!

Exit 12A November 14, 2023 - 4:44 PM - 4:44 PM

Jeff is just acknowledging CA’s reality.

Jeff (the other one) November 15, 2023 - 1:01 PM - 1:01 PM

You’re right, nobody has ever accused me of being fun at parties…guess that is why the invites are just not beating down my door.

Bluebird November 15, 2023 - 2:14 PM - 2:14 PM

Wile E Coyote: By chance, did you attend Ygnacio Valley in the early 1970’s?

SamTheEagle November 14, 2023 - 2:21 PM - 2:21 PM

Uhhh Hell No! Nukes, Biologics and Chems. Just so it’s clear NAVAL WEAPONS STATION folks!

Angry American November 14, 2023 - 3:18 PM - 3:18 PM

No, the weed control chemicals are there forever (sample, One of the reason we cannot any longer drill a well around here. When you go down the newly paved willow pass rd. just past the s turn coming from Concord look off to your right close to the canal and you will see yellow/orange marker posts (about 40″ tall). Those are monitoring wells for chemicals in the ground and ground water around the igniter test facility as well as if you look to the left in the same area where all the soil was removed for this reason (now covered in grass) This is only the first deacon. but it is a legacy that will last for a long time, might as well been easier to keep it a base.

Wesley Mouch November 14, 2023 - 3:23 PM - 3:23 PM

I SEE NO reason to do so. (Was I too obvious?)

Exit 12A November 14, 2023 - 4:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Hell no.
We just bought a great property in south Idaho.

THE BLACK KNIGHT November 17, 2023 - 10:38 PM - 10:38 PM

Which city and/or county? I used to farm and ranch in Owhyee County. I plan on moving back one day. I know 3 other families that have moved to Canyon County in the past year.

Bob November 14, 2023 - 4:55 PM - 4:55 PM

Wouldn’t advise eating anything from the soil.

Look to the projects being constructed downtown to get an idea what what would be.

Atticus Thraxx November 14, 2023 - 5:50 PM - 5:50 PM

Plus I heard there’s an ancient Indian burial ground out there. Not having any of that Poltergeist nonsense in my house.

Martinezmike November 14, 2023 - 7:24 PM - 7:24 PM

Another old military base worry—Attention Deficit Disorder

TPC November 14, 2023 - 8:58 PM - 8:58 PM

After a decade of working in hazardous waste remediation for a military contractor in the ’90s, I would advise against it. I’ve seen the analytical results of the soil and water samples from various installations. Had to wear a full face respirator on some sites. Not sure how bad it was at the Concord NWS but Hunter’s Point was really toxic. Alameda and Treasure Island were not much better. It depends on the criteria for what passes as “clean” under state and federal regulations.

Well Folks November 15, 2023 - 8:44 AM - 8:44 AM

On that toxic dump???? Are you out of your freakin mind? And the “clean-up” the did was minimal. The toxic crap has been in the groundwater for years and the bunkers are still leaking arsenic.
Only people from out of the are and a few local fools would buy a home out there.

Hanne Jeppesen November 15, 2023 - 12:23 PM - 12:23 PM

No, if I could afford the home of my dreams I would move back to Benicia and I would want a house with a view of the water. I lived in Foster City from 1982 to 1998, when I bought a condo in Benicia up on the hill, had a view of the Carquinez straight and the Benicia Bridge and Mt. Diablo. Long story short, I moved to Concord in 2008, and it is fine, but I like Benicia better, and I like being close to the water, that’s the viking in me.

Max November 15, 2023 - 5:48 PM - 5:48 PM

NO! There is a high incidence of brain cancers near there. One person I know of that worked on the navel weapons station died of brain cancer, and there are 3 other people who had brain cancer that lived less than a mile away, –that I know of! There has been a higher incidence of other cancers such as leukemias in the near by streets. It’d be a LOVE CANAL of the west coast. 20+ yrs ago they talked about the clean up required, now there is little mention of clean up.. How do they clean up a toxic dump?

Leeland November 17, 2023 - 6:10 PM - 6:10 PM

Probably couldn’t afford it, even if I wanted to.

diana fessenden November 17, 2023 - 6:24 PM - 6:24 PM

And is is said not all republicans can agree.

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