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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2018
FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joanna Altman, Assistant to the City Manager, 707-648-4362, joanna.altman@cityofvallejo.net

CITY OF VALLEJO BEGINS SITE PREPARATION WORK ON NORTH MARE ISLAND FOR THE NIMITZ GROUP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

 

VALLEJO, CA – The Vallejo City Council awarded a contract to clear the first six vacant buildings from North Mare Island as the first phase in preparing the site for a proposed mixed-use development by the Nimitz Group. At the City Council meeting on June 12, a $924,505 demolition and abatement contract was awarded to Ferma Corporation, with the work anticipated to be completed over the next two months.

Removing the former Navy buildings from the City-owned 157-acre property will facilitate the project proposed by the Nimitz Group last month, which includes more than a million square feet of new facilities for film production, wine and beverage manufacturing, office and retail use. The City is currently working closely with the Nimitz Group on an exclusive negotiating agreement that will be finalized over the coming months. Upon completion of the agreement, the Nimitz Group will begin development on North Mare Island.

“The Nimitz Group and the City share a vision for North Mare Island that will build on Vallejo’s history, location, and workforce,” said Mayor Bob Sampayan. “We are excited to begin clearing the path by removing vacant buildings on the property.”

The Phase I demolition contract will begin with the five buildings on the northwest corner of G Street and Walnut Ave (Buildings 995, 997, 999, 1013, and 1015). A $252,000 change order will add Building 897 to the scope of work for a total of six buildings. The work includes removal, transport and legal disposal of any lead and asbestos material, demolition of existing structures, foundations, or abandoned utilities, removing all rubbish and debris, and finally grading the finished site.

The project will draw funding from an approved U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 loan of $4.7 million. HUD 108 loans are primarily used to facilitate economic development projects that create employment. Initial development by the Nimitz Group is anticipated to create more than 1,500 jobs, with more employment added as the project expands over time.

The City will be working closely with Nimitz Group to align the scheduled order of demolition with the new project development. The City is expected to move forward with Phase II of the demolition in early Fall 2018.

Through a public-private partnership since its decommissioning in 1996, the former U.S. Navy shipyard is transforming into a dynamic mixed-use destination with thriving craft beverage producers, a vibrant artisan community, new residential communities, industrial and technology companies – and enviable development potential. Mare Island currently has about 110 businesses with 2,500 full time employees, leasing 3.6 million square feet of space – much of it in unique, historic buildings.

For more information, please contact Joanna Altman, Assistant to the City Manager, at 707-648-4362, or joanna.altman@cityofvallejo.net.

Scheduled Demolition

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