The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) is responsible for the oversight of Monterey Bay area economic recovery from the closure and reuse planning of the former Fort Ord military base. The former Fort Ord was/is located on the California coastline near the Monterey Peninsula consisting of 45 square miles/28,000 acres.FORA implements this legislatively mandated mission by overseeing replacement land use; assuring compliance with adopted measures; removing physical barriers to reuse; financing and constructing major components of the required infrastructure and basewide demands; and protecting identified environmental reserves. FORA exercises its planning, financing, and monitoring responsibilities under state law authority to meet these objectives in the best interest of the Northern Monterey Bay Community.
executive officer's Message
The 2015-2016 Fiscal Year has proven to be the most active in Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) history, especially in regard to new projects and construction.
FORA is proud to acknowledge and celebrate the CA Central Coast Veteran’s Cemetery, the William F. Gourley Department of Defense/Veterans Administration Medical Clinic, Spring Hill Suites Hotel, Cinemark Movie Complex, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Regional Offices, CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Joel & Dena Gambord Business and Technology Building, AMCAL Promontory Suites Complex, Monterey Bay Kidney Dialysis Center, and Dunes Fast Casual Restaurants and East Garrison and Dunes on Monterey Bay Housing were either in construction or opened this past year. Truly a banner accomplishment!
Several other key projects will soon start construction, including: Dunes on Monterey Bay shopping center expansion, AMCAL Promontory Suites Phase II, Veteran’s Transition Center Housing, Del Rey Oaks Luxury RV Park, and additional CSUMB and FORA Building Removal.
Despite tough on-going challenges in former Fort Ord reuse—such as the dragging national economy, need for water resources augmentation, and prevailing wage enforcement issues—FORA is successfully moving ahead with economic recovery in support of local jurisdictions—significant FY 2015-16 milestones were achieved.
In FY 2015-16, FORA sustained success under the Environmental Services Cooperative Agreement (ESCA) munitions removal work, completed the Regional Urban Design Guidelines (RUDG), sustained its fiscal solvency, negotiated water augmentation and economic recovery programs, and implemented the Prevailing Wage Compliance support to jurisdictions.
This past year, Congressman Sam Farr announced he would not be seeking re-election after a 22 year run in Congress, highlighted by hundreds of millions of dollars of federal support for the military mission in this region and hundreds of millions more for the former Fort Ord recovery. He was recognized for these achievements, his leadership in former Fort Ord recovery, and more, during the June Association Defense Communities Annual Summit in Washington.
These accomplishments and the continuing commitment to economic recovery by the FORA Board attest to the dedication of the Monterey Bay regional leadership that enables these successes. We look forward to equally beneficial achievements for the region in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Michael A. Houlemard, Jr.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members of FORA Executive Committee - highlighted
County of Monterey
City of Del Rey Oaks
City of Marina
City of Monterey
City of Seaside
City of Sand City
City of Salinas
City of Pacific Grove
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
20th Congressional District
17th State Senate District
29th State Assembly District
Transportation Agency of Monterey County
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
University of California, Santa Cruz
California State University Monterey Bay
United States Army
Fort Ord Army Base Realignment & Closure Office (BRAC)
Monterey Peninsula College
Marina Coast Water District