Former Redevelopment Agency Program
The Former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Concord encompasses the Central Concord Business District, and portions of Monument Boulevard Corridor, North Concord and Willow Pass Corridor. The Agency added the Monument Boulevard Corridor, Willow Pass Road Corridor, and portions of North Concord to the Project Area in October 2006. Map of Development Area.
History and Accomplishments
The Agency was established in 1974 with the principle objective of establishing the Central Business District as the hub of the community in symbolic, functional, and economic terms. The Agency has made significant strides towards reaching this objective.
Office: During the Agency's early years, economic conditions provided the opportunity for significant office development. The Agency capitalized on this through aiding in the construction of the Bank of America Technology Center, One Concord Center, Concord Airport Plaza, and Sutter Square building.
Road and freeway improvements largely funded by the Agency made the downtown area attractive for other office development including the Gateway Office Towers, One Corporate Center, and the Galaxy office complex. There is currently over 4 million square feet of Class A office space in central Concord. The premier office project is the Metroplex Office Center, the first of two 230,000-square-foot Class A office towers.
Mixed-Use: The Agency has supported development of mixed-use projects that combine retail, restaurant, office, and entertainment uses in Salvio Pacheco Square, Park Plaza, and Brenden Theatre Concord. By including a combination of uses, these projects create an active street frontage and a more urban building form in the core of the older downtown area.
Residential Development: Integration of housing into the mix of uses in the downtown area has been an important component of the Agency's redevelopment strategy. Downtown housing enlivens overall activity as residents frequent local shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The Agency's downtown residential projects include Broadway Plaza Condominiums, Plaza Tower, Park Terrace Apartments, Broadway Apartments, California Hill Senior Apartments, Concord Residential Club, Habitat for Humanity homes, and the luxury apartment complex Park Central.
Infrastructure: The Agency has made significant investments in utilities, streets, and parking. Utility improvements have consisted of storm drain and utility repairs, upgrades and relocations. Road improvements include interstate highway on-ramp and off-ramp upgrades and the development of arterial streets. The Agency also funded the development of public downtown parking structures, including the 512-space Salvio Street Parking Structure and the 432-space Todos Santos Parking Center.
Improved Appearance: Enhancing the overall appearance of the downtown has been an integral component of this effort. Renovation of Todos Santos Plaza, Salvio Pacheco Square, Salvio Street at Adobe, Shops at Todos Santos, as well as utility undergrounding, landscaping, downtown streetscape and median improvements, façade improvements, and tree lights in and around Todos Santos Plaza have raised the aesthetic standard throughout the Downtown Business District. Historic renovations of older buildings in the downtown area are also an important part of this effort. Historic renovations include the Maltby-McKinnon House, the Ivey House and the Beebe House.
For more information, contact Economic Development at 800-727-2254, 925-671-3355 or Email Us.
John Montagh, Economic Development & Housing Manager
Robert Ramirez, Economic Development Specialist