As the most bizarre and challenging year in recent memory comes to a close, I would like to reflect on some of the city’s accomplishments and some of the opportunities that we have to look forward to in 2021.
First, I want to acknowledge and commend our residents for doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. But we still have more work to do.
People are taking this situation seriously and following the rules around mask-wearing, social distancing and proper hygiene. Consequently, we’ve been able to open up more sectors of our economy.
The city’s economic development team has played a big role in helping Concord businesses stay well-informed of the ever-changing operating guidelines as well as the programs and opportunities to support them through this tough economic climate. Looking ahead, our economic development efforts include partnering with the Chamber of Commerce to promote a new “Shop Concord” gift card campaign to encourage people to shop local this holiday season.
Also on the horizon for 2021, Concord will be reviewing and approving cannabis businesses to begin operating within the city. Last May, the City Council adopted cannabis regulations to allow three types of cannabis businesses: three storefront retailers/dispensaries, three non-storefront retailers and two microbusinesses with a storefront retailer component.
Applicants will be required to go through a competitive selection process, which is underway. The process is anticipated to culminate in spring 2021 with the selection of applicants following interviews at City Council meetings. Those the council selects will then be invited to apply for licenses, and the first approved businesses are expected to open in Concord in 2021.
With respect to development, I am proud to report that the Renaissance II is now leasing apartments, and construction for the Grant – a 228-unit mixed used project – broke ground this year and construction will continue through next year.
Concord Naval Weapons Station
In just a few weeks, we will also be restarting our project to develop the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. We will host two council meetings in December and January to discuss next steps in selecting a master developer for the project.
As always, we will continue to look ahead to find wonderful opportunities. I would like to thank you, Concord residents, as well as my council colleagues and city staff for enduring through this challenging year. I am hopeful that better days are ahead, and I am so proud to serve as your mayor.
Thank you for all you do to make Concord an amazing place to live, work and play.
Mayor Tim McGallian can be reached at Tim.McGallian@cityofconcord.org