Real Estate: Homes & Updates
Restoration and reuse: In 1998, Vallejo contracted with Lennar Mare Island LLC (LMI) to develop 650 acres (263 ha) of the eastern portion of Mare Island into a multi-use community. 78% of the island was set aside for wildlife habitat and wetlands, parkland and open space, and dredge ponds.
In 2007, LMI finished construction on the residential neighborhoods – 277 homes were the first to be completed. Mare Island’s Specific Plan calls for a total of 1,400 homes and condos. To date, 274 homes have been sold – but as I write this, more single-family homes are sprouting up on the island.
Mare Island’s residents petitioned LMI and the City of Vallejo to eliminate the dredge ponds, whose role had been to collect silt, drainage, and storm water from the Napa River and the Bay, and instead restore that acreage to wetlands. The city and the developer agreed, and in January 2006, the land use plan was amended to add the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve. An advisory board was appointed by the city to restore the 215-acre (0.87 km2) site into publicly accessible parkland.