Concord Naval Weapons Station News
The Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) is back in the news and on the agenda for the Concord City Council.
The main issue is the negotiation of a labor agreement between the developer, Lennar Concord, and the Contra Costa Building Trades Council.
According to SFGate.com:
With the lead developer for the Concord Naval Weapon Station re-use project at an impasse with a labor consortium over construction labor agreements, the Concord City Council will soon have to decide whether that developer is living up to terms to have those agreements in place.SFGate.com
According to a report written by City of Concord staff:
Lennar believes that it cannot afford the level of union labor sought by the Building Trades Council for the first phase of the project, while the labor representatives insist that previous city councils committed to including all the trades in a project labor agreement and that Concord would benefit economically from an agreement that commits the developer to hire locally and to provide training for veterans.Eastbaytimes.com
Lennar may decide to resign as the master developer if the expected costs exceed any potential profit. Which could cause delays:
Creating a new development plan, which would likely have to happen if there is a new developer, would cost “significant” additional time and more tax dollars, according to report prepared by Guy Bjerke, the city’s director of community reuse planning. It also could complicate the transfer of the land from the Navy for the redevelopment.EastBayTimes.com
Aram Hodess, retired business manager for Business Manager at Plumbers and Steamfitters 159 who has been working with the Building Trades Council on negotiations, said Lennar is going back on its promises to hire union labor for as much of the project as it previously said.
“If an enormous project like this is built non-union, it will result in lowering of wages in Contra Costa of organized workers,” Hodess said. “It couldn’t help but do that.”EastBayTimes.com
It appears have already caused delays with the Navy’s transfer of the property to the City of Concord:
The Navy is awaiting a resolution of the project labor agreement issue, and progress on a draft specific plan on the former weapons station land, to resume negotiations with the city of Concord for formal transfer of the land to the city.SFGate.com
The City Council will be tasked to try to resolve the impasse:
At its Tuesday Jan. 7 meeting, the City Council is scheduled to address this impasse between the Contra Costa County Building and Construction Trades Council and Lennar Concord, LLC, the chosen lead developer of the Concord Community Reuse Project.Patch.com
- Concord Naval Weapons Station Developer, Labor Group At Impasse Patch.com
- City Council To Weigh In On Weapons Station Developer-Labor Impasse – SFGate.com
- Fate of Concord Naval Weapons Station uncertain as council weighs in on struggle between labor, developer – EastBayTimes.com
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