Request for qualifications

About North Mare Island

The Next Area Ready to Flourish in the Bay Area

Founded in 1854, Mare Island Naval Shipyard was the first United States Naval base on the Pacific Coast. During World War II, it was one of the busiest shipyards in the world, with 41,000 workers – including 9,000 women – and more than 1,000 Quonset huts to help house them. Thanks to the island’s efforts, it was registered as a California Historic Landmark in 1960.

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.

With sweeping waterfront views of the San Pablo Bay, landmark architecture, and a sparkling new ferry terminal with convenient access points, historic Mare Island is poised to be the Bay Area’s next “it” location for work and play. Mare Island has been steadily growing ever since the naval shipyard closed down. The plan is to build 1,000 more homes in the near future, with a portion being waterfront properties. This commercial real estate development in the Bay Area is relatively uncommon, making Mare Island a unique real estate opportunity.

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Ron Gerber, Economic Development Manager

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The Opportunity

Propose, develop and operate a real estate development project, company offices/headquarters, manufacturing center, research and development, light industrial, anchor tenant(s) or other employment center on all or part of 157 acres on North Mare Island in the San Francisco Bay pursuant to a development agreement, long-term lease and/or disposition agreement with the City of Vallejo.

Capacity and Use

Approved Specific Plan and EIR/CEQA certified for 1.2 million square feet of office, manufacturing, light industrial or other commercial space. City may consider other uses including, but not limited to, destination commercial, hotel, and other sustainable job-generating uses.

Financial Requirements

Demonstrated ability to secure entitlements, make substantial improvements to the site, address or mitigate impacts of new development, pay assessments to the Mare Island community facilities districts, and operate and maintain new buildings.


The City may, on an ongoing basis, immediately enter into a lease or exclusive agreement for all or part of the 157 acres upon receipt and review of qualifications.


Demonstrated track record of success on relevant projects. Location: North Mare Island is across the Napa Strait from Downtown Vallejo, 30 miles north of San Francisco on the Bay. The site on the north part of the island is adjacent to approximately 600 acres of Lennar-developed property, and is accessible at four points via bridges, highways, and commuter ferry to San Francisco.

Selection Process

Submittals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the RFQ period by City staff and consultants against the evaluation criteria described in this RFQ. The City may enter into exclusive negotiations at any time with one or more proposers for all or part of the available property.

Submissions Accepted Until

Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. (PDT)