The latest plans for a proposal to revamp downtown Concord were
unveiled Monday night at a meeting attended by dozens of residents.
The project proposes to add a total of 5.6 million square feet of
new development to the downtown area, including thousands of new housing
units and retail and business space.
"The changes will reflect the Concord we love," said City
Councilman Ron Leone, chair of the downtown steering committee overseeing the
Some residents in attendance had concerns over adding density to
the downtown area and how it could affect quieter residential streets nearby,
while others encouraged it and pushed for even more bicycle improvements than
Plans are still in their early stages, with a draft version of the
project's environmental impact report expected next spring.
There was little discussion at Monday's meeting of another
possible rumored development for Concord -- a new Oakland Raiders football
Raiders owner Mark Davis recently toured the former Concord Naval
Weapons Station, located a couple of miles north of downtown, considered a
possible new stadium site for the team, but city officials said no agreement
"It was just a look-and-see," Leone said.
He said the Raiders liked what they saw, but still have options in
Oakland, where the team currently plays at the O.co Coliseum.