Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Department of Defense Housing
(Rafael Village Family Housing
US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento
District History (1993)
Location: The site is located 5 miles north of San Rafael, in
Marin County, California (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Site History: The 107.75-acre site was established on 31 December
1957 and was known as Rafael Village Family Housing Annex (Hamilton
AFB) Military Reservation; Rafael Village Area, Hamilton AFB;
Portion Annex Ignacio; San Rafael Village Area,and Rafael Village,
Inc., Hamilton Air Force Base, CA. The site was used by the Air
Force for single family housing and as a flood protection levee
for Hamilton AFB.
Three easements totaling less than 0.5 acre were transferred
by quitclaim deed to three private parties between 1967 and 1974.
On 22 January 1975, the remaining 01.47 easement acre and 107.02
fee acres were transferred to the Department of the Navy.
Base Realignment and Closure Commission
Base Property and Historical Use: The Department of Defense Housing Facility (DoDHF)
at Novato is located in the southeastern part of the City of
Novato in Marin County, California, about 20 miles north of the
City of San Francisco. The property covers an area of about 553
acres on two sites that are separated by U.S. Highway 101. The
Air Force utilized the property from the early 1940s until 1974.
After Hamilton Air Force Base was decommissioned, the Navy took
ownership of housing and community services to form DoDHF Novato
and the Army took over the runway and associated structures to
form Hamilton Army Airfield. The 311-acre Main Site is located
on the east side of U.S. Highway 101 and contained military family
housing, a Commissary, a Navy Exchange, an Officers Club, community
service areas, a bowling alley, and recreational fields. The
107-acre Rafael Village military family housing site is located
on the west side of U.S. Highway 101, about one mile northwest
of the Main Site. The 136-acre Spanish Housing area lies adjacent
to the Main Site and was formerly part of the Main Site.
Closure Date, Planned Reuses, Parcels Transferred: The
Navy Public Works Center, San Francisco Bay, which included DoDHF
Novato, was closed under the authority of the Defense Base Closure
and Realignment Act of 1990. The housing facilities were closed
under the 1993 Round of Closure (BRAC III) on September 30, 1996.
The Hamilton Reuse Planning Authority (HRPA) developed a reuse
plan for DoDHF Novato in October 1995. This plan addressed reuse
of both DoDHF Novato and the adjacent Army Airfield. The Hamilton
Army Airfield Reuse Plan proposed adaptive reuse of most of the
existing housing and other buildings and retention of the existing
Remaining Disposal Work: On September 22, 2011, the Navy
assigned Parcel 1A to the Department of Education (DoEd) for
ultimate conveyance to the Novato Unified School District for
educational use purposes. Parcel 1A is the last remaining parcel
at DoDHF Novato. With the assignment of Parcel 1A to DoEd, the
Navy has completed all of its property disposal actions at DoDHF
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