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'Economic engine': Vallejo's Mare Island megaproject envisions thousands of new homes

November 27, 2019

Developer and winemaker Dave Phinney imagines that Vallejo's Mare Island will one day have as much bustle and busyness as it did during World War II. Phinney, a partner in the Nimitz Group, which is charged with redeveloping Mare Island, envisions an island with "tens of thousands" of new housing units and upward of 1,000 businesses. There will be schools - possibly a college campus - and copious waterfront parkland. As many as 60 historic buildings will be lovingly restored. It will be bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Water taxis and ferries - the island already has ferry service - will whisk residents and workers to San Francisco and elsewhere.