Tourtelot
Benicia, CA

Unprecedented cleanup of former defense site.

Military to residential.

Used by the Army for the testing of ordinance and explosives, the 220-acre Tourtelot property in Benicia was one of California’s most challenging environmental cleanup projects.

Award-winning redevelopment.

Governed by competing jurisdictions, the management team of Brooks Street—working together at Pacific Bay Homes—organized a Community Advisory Group between competing agencies and stakeholders to set forth standards, protocols, schedules and land-use regulations. Cleanup included over 5,000 ordinance and 70,000 tons of chemical waste. In addition, we recovered 90% of the cleanup costs from the Federal Government.

Changing conventional wisdom.

This 417-home community changed the common thinking on ordnance cleanup projects, proving that such sites can be remediated to an unrestricted residential land-use. Tourtelot, the first of its kind in the nation, became the new environmental cleanup standard for formerly used defense sites. The project also won the Helen Putnam Award, a statewide award for intergovernmental cooperation.

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