Discussions over a proposed USL East Bay stadium plan are moving forward, as the Concord City Council has approved an initial exclusive negotiating agreement with developer Mark Hall.
Hall–a Walnut Creek-based developer–has been making plans for an East Bay squad in Division II USL Championship. As part of that process, he is pitching an 18,000-seat stadium for downtown Concord, to be located near an existing BART Station and anchor a larger mixed-use development that could include residences, a hotel, offices, and a convention center.
The action taken by the council on Tuesday clears the way for the city to engage in an 18-month negotiating period with Hall, during which the feasibility of the project will be studied. About 33 acres of land is being targeted for the project, with a portion of that area currently under city control. More from the East Bay Times:
The Concord City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday, with Laura Hoffmeister dissenting, to authorize staff to enter into an initial exclusive negotiating agreement with Walnut Creek developer Mark Hall to explore the feasibility of such a project.
Of the roughly 33 acres that Hall wants to use, about 20 percent is city-owned, consisting of about four sites near the Concord police station and the BART station. The rest of the land is owned by BART.
The agreement would allow Hall’s company, Hall Equities Group, to work with Concord to assess the costs and other details and discuss the proposal with BART.
“BART wants to see support from Concord,” Hall said in an interview Tuesday night. His firm has talked briefly with BART staff and directors, Hall said, but it has not formally approached the BART board or submitted a proposal.
Hall was previously linked to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum site, where he pitched a proposal that could include a new soccer-specific stadium as part of a larger development concept. Now, however, Hall is focused on Concord and MLB’s A’s are proposing a redevelopment of the Coliseum site as part of an overall plan that includes a new Howard Terminal ballpark.