Mare Island presents the opportunity to repurpose extensive military facilities and lands as a model for the Bay Area. For Vallejo, this proposal provides a cultural program for local economic, ecological, and community resilience. These proposed redevelopment ideas for existing infrastructure will merit protection from climate change, and adaptation strategies. For protection, we propose a system of compartmentalized perimeter levees where land allows, and seawalls along Napa River docks where space is constrained. For adaptation, western marsh lands should be augmented with silt over time, while wave attenuation and habitat systems are proposed. Traditional native knowledge and technologies can also once again be incorporated in tending the land. There may be no better inspirational rethinking of land once used to marshal and furnish weaponry: a place of memory, celebrating, and sustaining. That’s resilience.
 
These designs integrate strategic, timely, and urgent needs. They include green jobs, housing, green energy, food infrastructure, and resilient villages for most vulnerable populations. These designs result from site visits, observations, discussions with Myrna Hayes at the Heritage Park, and review of the numerous existing plans for the island. These include Mare Island Reuse Plan, Specific Plan, Shoreline Heritage Preserve Advisory Board Report, Vallejo General Plan, Vallejo Waterfront Plan Proposal, and Community Health Needs Assessment of Solano County. These designs build upon them.
 

Southeastern Zone

  • Existing Heritage Park interpretive and support facilities augmented for 10 -15 full time staff. Income from proposed projects provides financial support.
  • New interim or permanent uses in extensive naval campus support green jobs, including sustainable tech production, sequestration nurseries, and family housing. Existing “capped” brown field sites to be biologically remediated or removed.
  • Arts and Ecology Village at the southeast edge of the island. This off-grid idea updates a potential repurpose for this remnant part of the base, joining ecological studies with arts.
 

Southern Zone

  • Adapt remnant architecture, develop regional off-grid outdoor education campus, educational facilities, student dorms, lodge and kitchen facilities, staff housing.
  • Update causeway and docks to support Arts & Ecology Village, Outdoor Education, and regional aquatic access tours. One uncapped brownfield remains.
 

Southern Island Heritage and Wildlife Park

  • Augment historic naval cemetery, repurpose existing historic naval structures to develop regional Memorial Center. The new memorial and amphitheater will be located with the present Spirit Boat installation at the top of the island. An interpretive gateway at the historic cemetery links to a processional path with resting places along the way. Two remnant 250,000 gallon cisterns can be reused.
  • Second Phase: North of the Memorial Center, the underutilized golf course can be converted to a regional energy and food production resource. Featuring wind and solar energy production and annual and perennial crops, this offers green jobs to Mare Island residents, providing a replicable educational amenity.
 

Southwestern Zone

  • Adapt remnant architecture and landscape to become an off-grid resilient village. Features and functions include green jobs, training in energy and food production jobs, and individual and family housing for vulnerable populations.

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P+SET (Permaculture plus Social Equity) is a collaboration comprised of individuals and firms passionate about community-led design that provides beneficial outcomes for people and planet. P+SET composes with rather than imposes upon, because we believe that designing with community is indispensable to any design’s vitality and success. We also design as members of this particular community, as our team includes longtime locals who are deeply familiar with the social and ecological challenges our communities face.

Placemaking—connecting people to places where they live to create mutual...

P+SET (Permaculture plus Social Equity) is a collaboration comprised of individuals and firms passionate about community-led design that provides beneficial outcomes for people and planet. P+SET composes with rather than imposes upon, because we believe that designing with community is indispensable to any design’s vitality and success. We also design as members of this particular community, as our team includes longtime locals who are deeply familiar with the social and ecological challenges our communities face.

Placemaking—connecting people to places where they live to create mutual interdependent relationships amongst residents and the environment—is the cornerstone of our work. We have decades of experience engaging communities in assessment, ideation, and implementation, based on rigorous scientific and site-specific analysis. From this we generate practical, implementable, pattern-based approaches to resilience that emphasize egalitarian ownership and respond to local needs while enhancing ecosystem performance. Resilience emerges from public ownership of and engagement with productive commons, constructed to meet the needs of people and technically designed to optimize ecosystem function. We believe permaculture design can be used to present a novel vision for regionally replicable resilience blueprints, with place-based implementation possibilities that support social equity, inclusion, productive landscape partnerships and generative human material economy.

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