2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 10:43:04 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Lennar at Hunters Point and Mare Island (CA)
Shipyards developer stays course in bad economy

Robert Selna
San Francisco Chronicle
November 29, 2009

As San Francisco's first naval base redevelopment takes shape, a project with notable similarities across the bay has had mixed results, indicating how challenging it can be to remake large tracts of industrial property as economic cycles ebb and flow.

Like the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco, Vallejo's Mare Island Shipyard opened in the mid-1800s, was central to shipbuilding during World War II, and developed a symbiotic relationship with its adjacent community - the base relied on residents for labor and workers depended on the base for their livelihoods.

When each base closed - Hunters Point in 1974 and Mare Island in 1996 - the communities confronted intertwined problems related to the land: staggering job losses on property whose economic potential was dependent on industrial cleanup, new infrastructure and development.


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Lenny Siegel
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