Campus Town Project

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CampusTown Project Notice of Determination: March 19, 2020

Reference - Urban Decay Study 

About Campus Town

Campus Town ImageThe Campus Town Specific Plan proposed project proposes the construction and operation of up to 1,485 housing units; 250 hotel rooms; 75 youth hostel beds; 150,000 square feet (sf) of retail, dining, and entertainment uses; and 50,000 sf of office, flex, makerspace, and light industrial uses; as well as park/recreational areas (including approximately nine acres of public open space and 3.3 acres of private open space), and supporting infrastructure, on approximately 122.23 acres. 

The proposed Project area is an ~122.23 net acre large infill project to replace a dilapidated portion of the former Fort Ord Army Base near the freeway interchange at Lightfighter Avenue and Highway 1. 

An EIR has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which summarizes the characteristics of the Proposed Project, alternatives to the Proposed Project, and the environmental impacts and mitigation measures associated with the Proposed Project.

Project Objectives:

 Objective 1: To develop a variety of building types and uses, including entertainment, retail, housing, visitor lodging, and employment space with sufficient resident population in proximity to proposed commercial uses to support a viable Mixed Use Urban Village. 

 Objective 2: Provide shopping, employment, and housing opportunities for households of various sizes and income levels, in close proximity to one another and the CSUMB campus, and to reduce vehicle miles traveled on a per capita basis. 

 Objective 3: Centrally focus commercial development, typical of historic main streets. Executive Summary Draft Environmental Impact Report ES-3 

 Objective 4: To create a vibrant multi-model transportation network, including improvements which encourage pedestrian and bicycle activity. 

 Objective 5: To expand the City of Seaside’s retail and employment opportunities, including the creation of employment space and live/work space capable of supporting startup businesses. 

 Objective 6: To create a project, including a land use mix and phasing, that is responsive to market demand and results in an economically viable development that can support the infrastructure investment needed to transform the Plan Area to civilian use.

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Documents Incorporated by Reference

  1. Other Physical Attributes Environmental Baseline Study (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [USACE] 1992b): 
  1. Land Use Baseline Study of Fort Ord (USACE 1992a): 
  1. Flora and Fauna Baseline Study of Fort Ord, California (USACE 1992c): 
  1. Soils Baseline Study (USACE 1992d): 
  1. Air Quality Baseline Study (USACE 1992e): 
  1. Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) Air Quality Management Plan: 
  1. CalEEMod Version 2016.3.2 User Guide: (click on “User’s Guide”) 
  1. MCWRA’s Long-Term Management Plan for the Salinas River Valley: 
  1. MCWD Urban Water Management Plan: 
  1. MCWD Urban Water Management Plan Appendices:

Project Location: 

The proposed Project area is ~122.23 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.Aerial map of Seaside


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