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Irvine-based developer SunCal has recently shared a more detailed vision of the future master planned community at Dublin Crossing in Dublin, CA. Located on the 187-acre parcel across from the East Dublin BART Station transit village, the Dublin Crossing project is expected to bring up to nearly 2,000 new low-density to medium-density homes to Dublin.
As part of the effort to secure $10M in cash, a 12-acre school site to accommodate up to 900 students, a 30-acre community park, a 5-acre neighborhood park, and 2.6 acres of open space, Dublin City Council agreed to charge future Dublin Crossing homeowners a special property tax in the amount of $2,200 up to $3,700 per year. The Mello-Roos will reportedly cover about 40% of the project’s infrastructure costs. The Council’s decision was a big win for Dublin Crossing developer SunCal, as SunCal can now transfer the risks associated with building the project over to the City of Dublin and future residents.
While the nearly 2,000 beautiful new homes at Dublin Crossing will be perfect for families looking to put down their roots, some may be concerned by the community’s proximity to Santa Rita Jail. Dublin’s Santa Rita Jail is the third largest in California and the fifth largest in the United States. Classified as a mega jail, this 113-acre detention facility houses over 4,000 inmates. More than 400 detainees move through Dublin’s Santa Rita Jail a day. On a busy days, that number can go as high as 600. As many as 60,000 detainees pass through Santa Rita Jail each year, creating an ever-changing population.
Prospective homebuyers are also advised to learn more about the 2011 cleanup of contaminated soil at Camp Parks, where the Dublin Crossing master planned community now sits. Antimony, arsenic, cobalt, copper, dioxins/furans, lead, mercury, and zinc are among the toxins that were left by an incinerator used to burn refuse during the 1940s and 1950s. Army research has indicated that the arsenic could also be due to “naturally occurring soil concentrations.” A 2007 study also found that the concentration of lead and dioxins/furans in the groundwater beneath the impacted area was above the acceptable level set by the State of California. The cost of the cleanup was $1.5M.