Masud Mehran, founder of Sunset Development and developer of Bishop Ranch Business Park, dies at 93



Masud Mehran, founder of Sunset Development and developer of Bishop Ranch Business Park, dies at 93

By George Avalos
Contra Costa Times

POSTED:   11/27/2013 06:07:48 PM PST | UPDATED:   6 DAYS AGO

SAN RAMON — Masud Mehran, who co-developed with his son the iconic Bishop Ranch Business Park in San Ramon, died at his home in Atherton, with his family in attendance, after a brief illness. He was 93.

Born in Iran in 1920, Mehran attended Cornell University and Columbia University in New York City, and eventually traveled to each of the 48 mainland states before taking up residence in the Montclair district of Oakland.

Eager to contribute to the post-war boom in California, Mehran founded Sunset Development in 1951. The Sunset firm’s largest initial project was Sunset Town, a Livermore community of 4,000 homes and 500 apartments along with offices and stores.

Masud Mehran, who co-developed with his son the iconic Bishop Ranch Business Park in San Ramon, died at his home in Atherton, Calif., with his family in attendance, after a brief illness. He was 93. (Sunset Development Co.)

In 1978, Mehran bought 585 acres in San Ramon’s Bishop Ranch district and, with his son Alex Mehran, began development of the office park. Bishop Ranch has evolved into one of the nation’s most successful business communities, consisting of 10 million square feet where an array of companies, including Chevron, AT&T, General Electric, Bank of the West and PG&E, employ 35,000 people.

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Website: Bishop Ranch


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