Pleasanton Weekly

News - April 15, 2011

Dublin, Camp Parks deal for major Dublin development

by Jeb Bing

The U.S. Army Reserve and SunCal have signed the largest-ever reserve property exchange agreement that will allow the construction of new military facilities at Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin in exchange for 180 acres of land that will be developed into a master-planned community.

"We're pleased to reach this important milestone so new base facilities can be built at no added cost to taxpayers," said Joseph F. Calcara, deputy assistant secretary of the Army.

The Army chose SunCal through a competitive selection process that began when more than 150 investors, contractors, developers and other interested parties attended an "industry day" to launch the Army's search. SunCal's proposal was considered the best overall value for the Army.

The agreement allows the base to gain much-needed new facilities with no impact to the federal budget through the utilization of land.

Camp Parks will gain a new main gate and a 4,300-square-foot administrative building for base police. This will be followed by a 33,000-square-foot area maintenance support facility; a 33,000-square-foot regional medical training facility; a 42,000-square-foot Army Reserve training facility; a 40,000-square-foot public works/logistics warehouse; and a variety of road and utilities infrastructure construction and improvements.

On the 180 acres it receives, SunCal will develop Dublin Crossing, a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use community that will connect the east and west sides of town currently separated by Camp Parks. Planned as a community centerpiece, Dublin Crossing will be a transit-oriented development within walking distance of a BART station. This will include 1,500 new homes, parks and several hundred thousand square feet of retail, office, hotel and industrial uses.

"This exchange represents the type of innovative public-private partnerships that will enable us to maintain top-rate facilities for our Reserve Forces for many decades to come," said Calcara.

David Soyka, senior vice president of Public Affairs for SunCal, noted that Dublin Crossing will be designed to serve Dublin's ongoing growth needs with residents able to walk to BART and leave their cars at home.

"This brings the vision of Dublin Crossing a step closer to reality," Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti said. "We're excited to continue working with SunCal as we partner to bring new jobs, shops, restaurants and homes, plus parks and trails, to Dublin. This new neighborhood is a significant part of our city's future. "

SunCal is the largest privately held land developer in the U.S. The company acquires, entitles and develops major residential properties and commercial developments throughout the U.S.

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