Over the past several years local city and county land use jurisdictions and FORA have been collaborating on the location, processing, and approval for a number of major reuse projects. These projects cannot singlehandedly solve the regional need for new jobs and new housing, but they provide a significant share of the solutions.
Military Housing -- During the Fort Ord base closure process, the U.S. Army retained certain properties for its own use. It anticipated a continued military need for housing within Monterey County, given the presence of military facilities including the Defense Language Institute, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Fort Hunter-Liggett. A partnership between the U.S. Army and the development firm, Clark Pinnacle, to rebuild the Ord Military Community (the Residential Communities Initiative — “RCI”) located just north of Seaside Highlands, is an example of the production of attractive new housing for locally assigned military. As military personnel relocate into the new or renovated military units, this movement can allow apartments and homes in the community to become available for general occupancy.
Former military-housing units have also been converted for use at CSU Monterey Bay for students and faculty; others have become headquarters for various non-profit, social service, and agency programs and offices; a few units have been made available for below median - income civilian use.
Existing and New Housing Programs -- Local communities have approved new housing in the Marina Heights, Marina and Seaside University Village, Seaside Resort, and East Garrison project areas — as well as planned housing for faculty/staff by CSUMB.
Although slowed in recent years, reuse projects continue to move ahead at the former Fort Ord will provide over 35% of housing at below-market cost ranges, thousands of new jobs, and will be built in phases over the next 10 years. Each residential project includes on-site housing at below market rates and/or accommodations for below-market rate housing options. In addition to new jobs generated within the planned projects, new jobs will also be created in what are being called "support services" - including positions for police, fire, teachers, government, and many other "behind the scenes" services within our region.
- This residential project will provide 1,050 single-family and townhomes within the City of Marina’s portion of the former Fort Ord. Jobs will be created during construction as well as in various maintenance and support services.
- Designed in phases, this mixed-use retail, commercial and residential project is planned to include 1,237 housing units including apartments, townhomes and single-family residences, as well as the creation of new jobs in retail, commercial, professional, hospitality, recreation, and support services for the region.
- This resort project with hotel and golf course also includes timeshare units and affordable housing within close proximity. Jobs include positions in retail, commercial, hospitality, administration, recreation, and support services.
East Garrison Village
- This 1,470-unit planned community will provide a variety of single-family homes, apartments, and townhomes; recreational and community areas; and an artist live-and-work “downtown” residential and visitor-serving area. Job creation includes retail, commercial, professional, and support services.
FORA has invested more than $400,000 in its regionwide efforts to address the workforce housing price gap, including evaluation of options to increase workforce housing and adoption of measures to increase the number of below-market units on the former Fort Ord.
An independent countywide financial Community Housing Trust is moving forward in fundraising efforts to help finance down-payment assistance for affordable and below market rate workforce housing, and provision of pre-development loans for development of affordable housing projects.
The housing trust will serve as a financial resource, not a housing developer, to assist qualified workforce buyers with incomes in the 0-180% of median income for Monterey County to achieve home purchases in the region. Other existing financial assistance programs are typically restricted to serve persons in income levels of 0-120% of median. Raising the level to 180% can address the needs of many employees within the County, including teachers, fire and police, medical and health care professionals, and many other mid-level income workers who can afford a mortgage but do not qualify under existing private and public financing programs.