Mystery buyer of over 52,000 acres in the Bay Area may be planning to build a new city
Amid concerns about a mystery megabuyer acquiring over 52,000 acres of land in Solano County in the San Francisco North Bay region, residents of the county have recently received a survey gauging their support for “a new city.”
The survey, circulated by a company known as Flannery Associates, claims that a ballot initiative might be coming to county residents as early as next year regarding the development of a “new city” in eastern Solano County. (Related: San Francisco’s biggest hotels are shutting down due to unpaid debts as fewer tourists visit the crime-riddled, crap-smothered city.)
“This project would include a new city with tens of thousands of homes, a large solar energy farm, orchard with over a million new trees, and over 10,000 acres of parks and open space,” reads the survey.
The poll then goes on to present a variety of statements that prompt respondents to answer if they are more or less likely to support the project. Some of the statements include:
- “Solano County residents would be given priority and down payment assistance to buy or lease homes in this new project.”
- “It would be funded entirely by private sector money.”
- “It is being led by a group of architects and planners interested in building livable and sustainable communities, not typical developers.”
- “It is being funded by a group of California firms and wealthy families who are committed to our state’s future.”
Furthermore, the “new city” has also been pitched as having the feel of a college town, with its layout having an emphasis on walkability and being made up of a mixture of housing, schools and small businesses.
State records indicate that Flannery Associates and its parent company, Flannery Holdings, were incorporated in Delaware in 2018. Since its incorporation, the company has gone on a spree purchasing land in Solano County at premium rates.
The prices Flannery Associates was offering to landowners in the county was so high that the company sued several local landowners who it alleges conspired to raise prices even higher to overcharge the company.
In its complaint, Flannery Associates provided courts with information on its land purchases. Its filings note that the company had already paid more than $800 million for approximately 140 properties in the Montezuma Hills and Jepson Prairie Reserve areas of Solano County, sometimes offering to pay more than $15,000 per acre.
Land acquisitions raise concerns due to proximity to military base
Flannery Associates’ land purchases have also raised national security concerns due to the proximity of the land to Travis Air Force Base.
Catherine Moy, mayor of Solano county seat Fairfield, noted that she, as a member of countywide boards, had received other offers “to buy land at greatly inflated prices” very near Travis. These offers were turned down.
Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson, whose congressional district includes parts of Solano County, said that he has been “pushing” the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open an investigation to find out the exact nature of these land acquisitions.
Democratic Rep. John Garamendi, whose district covers the rest of Solano County, called the survey being circulated to residents a setup and said he does not believe Flannery Associates will actually build a “new city” in the county.
“To build a new city there is an extraordinary risk,” he said. “Over my nearly five decades of experience in public life, with hundreds of surveys I’ve paid for as well as hundreds and maybe thousands that I’ve looked at, this is a B.S. survey.”
“I do know that they have purchased land that could put Travis Air Force Base and national security at serious risk,” he added. “Why are you hiding?”
Garamendi and Thompson have been working with a group of state and local politicians like Moy to identify the mysterious figures behind Flannery Associates. But the company has so far been able to maintain its anonymity through Delaware’s corporate protection laws.
“I tried contacting the firm that is pushing this poll,” said Moy. “My email bounced back. I then searched for the firm elsewhere, but couldn’t locate them. They are yet another mystery in the ongoing saga of Flannery.”
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Watch this video discussing how Flannery Associates’ land acquisitions are a threat not just due to its proximity to Travis Air Force Base, but also due to it buying land around the interstate electrical grid system.
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