In December 2016, the City of Seaside entered into a Purchase and Sale agreement with the KB Bakewell Development Partnership to develop ~85 net acres on the former Fort Ord Army Base. This development is directly south of the California State University – Monterey Bay campus, and will be designed to provide arts, entertainment, retail, recreation and housing opportunities to students, faculty and to the region at large.
The week of October 30-November 3 a Charrette was held to gather ideas from the community. The mid week update meeting's presentation PowerPoint is available here.
The proposed Project area is ~85 net acres near the freeway interchange at Lightfighter Avenue and Highway 1. Bounded by Lightfighter to the north, Gigling road to the South, 1st Avenue to the West and 8th Avenue to the East, this large infill project will replace a dilapidated portion of the former Fort Ord Army Base. Most of the property will have views of the Monterey Bay, Moss Landing, Elkhorn Slough and the Fort Ord National Monument. The property is immediately to the south of the CSUMB Campus and only minutes from most of the popular Monterey Bay visitor attractions.
With This Project The City Desires To:
a) Create a strong “sense of place” and community identity that integrates well with the adjacent University;
b) Increase the availability of arts and entertainment destinations, work opportunities, entrepreneurial opportunities, housing opportunities and visitor opportunities available to students and faculty at the University and to the region as a whole;
c) Provide quality housing for those working at the university and those working throughout the region in such a way that transit, bicycling, ride-sharing and other transportation options are viable for the residents of this development;
d) Provide new employment and mixed-use opportunities for the region; and
e) Attract visitors, regional shoppers and high quality employment opportunities to strengthen the City’s tax base.