Announcements & Events
Eastside Parkway Environmental Review Community Workshop
WEDNESDAY, DEC 6, 2017
TWO SESSIONS: 1-3 PM & 6-8 PM Carpenters Union Hall, Marina
The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) seeks input on goals and objectives related to the provision of the Eastside Parkway, a roadway intended to be a Southwest-Northeast arterial component of the Fort Ord transportation network. Prior to FORA moving forward with preparation of environmental review, FORA seeks your input. This workshop will include a presentation on FORA roadway planning and the CEQA process. Then, FORA hopes to receive your ideas about Eastside Parkway goals and objectives. Spanish translation. Light refreshments.
Mark your calendars and check back here as more information becomes available.
Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) is a regional entity created by State law in 1994 following closure of the former Fort Ord military training base in 1992. FORA is charged with responsibility to plan, finance, manage and oversee conversion of the former military land for community reuse. When established, FORA was envisioned to “sunset” in 20 years under assumptions that certain goals and mandated conditions for reuse were achieved. Due to significant impacts beyond FORA’s direct control, such as an extended national recession, it became clear the originally anticipated goals could not be achieved as scheduled and legislation extended the life of FORA to 2020, again assuming that the mandated and anticipated regional goals could be achieved. The 2020 extension also required that FORA prepare a formal Transition Plan to assure that on-going legally mandated requirements would continue to be funded and addressed within the region.
Two processes will begin next week that will aim to transform a blighted area on former Army land in Seaside into art, entertainment, recreation and housing opportunities.
The Fort Ord Reuse Authority will begin taking steps for the eventual removal of Army structures on the 85-acre area now known as Surplus II, and the city of Seaside will be conducting a week-long design charrette to gather community input on the new development that will take root there.
Both actions will start Monday. Stan Cook, FORA program manager said when weed abatement and fire prevention work starts Monday, it will entail cutting brush, removing bushes, and trimming the limbs of the trees to 8 feet above the ground for fire prevention and to open the view.
On November 4, 2014, the voters of Monterey County approved the first-ever countywide sales tax measure for public transit. Beginning in July 2015, the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Local Transit Funding for Senior Citizens, Veterans and People with Disabilities sales tax, otherwise known as Measure Q, will raise approximately $7 million per year. The sales tax will expire after 15 years unless renewed by the voters.
The money is to be used only for services and equipment that support transportation programs for veterans, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. An oversight committee will review and report on the revenue and expenditure of funds from the tax.
The 2017 FORA Jobs Survey report summarizes and compares 2015 and 2017 Jobs Survey outcomes as success metrics for Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) economic recovery goals. Primary and secondary research were used including online business searches, email surveys, and in-person/phone communications. The survey area was limited to the former Fort Ord boundary, and reported results include existing and near-term projected full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) positions. Survey results will be incorporated in FORA’s Annual Report as directed by the Base Reuse Plan (BRP) Context and Framework (220.127.116.11 (c), pg. 208).
The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) and the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) completed a regional coworking space market feasibility report to better understand local market readiness to support investment in coworking facilities.
Results of this study suggest an unmet demand for new coworking spaces in the study area. Neighboring communities with similar demographics have a proliferation of coworking spaces, while the study area has few. Among other indicators, new community development as part of the civilian reuse of the former Fort Ord continues to gain momentum. Seventy percent of survey respondents in this study indicated a desire to use coworking facilities. These trends indicate an existing current demand and growing future demand for coworking spaces. Early market actors could take advantage of the current market and service provision imbalance.