Development Opportunities

Monterey County

VA Monterey Health Care Center
A new VA-DOD clinic will be built on 14-acres of the former Fort Ord military base in Marina. It will be the first clinic built from the group up to care for active duty service members, their family and all veterans under one roof. Construction of the clinic began this year and will take approximately 18-24 months to complete. The federal government anticipates opening the clinic in the fall of 2016.

When completed, the three-story, 104,000-square-foot facility will provide care for the approximately 80,000 active duty military and retired veterans living on California’s Central Coast. The clinic will replace the VA’s existing clinic, which is too small to serve the current population, and cannot be expanded.

East Garrison
East Garrison is a new mixed-use project with residential, retail, and arts habitat uses on approximately 244 acres with 1,470 residential units and approximately 40,000 sf in retail space.

Veterans Cemetery
Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation The Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery is a new cemetery project that will be developed on approximately 175 acres.

City of Gonzales
Gonzales Medical Office Building: The Green Valley Corporation (doing business as Barry Swenson Builder) will construct a 6,400± square foot medical office building on vacant property located east of U.S. Highway 101. The building will be leased by Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH). Gonzales Medical Group, Inc. has an agreement with SVMH to move to the new location; providing new and improved facilities and equipment and more than doubling its patient treatment space.

City of Marina

Dunes on Monterey Bay
Dunes on Monterey Bay is a mixed-use project with residential, retail, and business park/light industrial uses that will be developed on approximately 420 acres.

Marina Heights
Marina Heights is a residential project of 1,050 single-family and townhomes that will be developed on approximately 250 acres.

Imjin Office Park
A planned 5-acre LEED certified civic center office site envisioned to accommodate: FORA offices (current), Carpenters Union Local 606 (current), Marina Coast Water District (future), and Builders Exchange of the Central Coast (future).

Sand City

Monterey Bay Shores
The Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort, Wellness Spa, and Residences proposes 184 hotel rooms, 184 condominium units, a conference center, a spa, restaurants, swimming pools and other features on part of a 39-acre site formerly used for sand-mining.

City of Seaside

Seaside Resort Development
The Seaside Resort Development is a mixed-use project with golf course, residential, and visitor-serving uses on the existing 375-acre Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Course parcel.

Main Gate Retail Center
The Seaside Main Gate is a new regional retail project that will be developed on approximately 60 acres.

Fort Ord Redevelopment
Fort Ord, a former military base, will be home to several major economic revitalization projects, including the VA Monterey Health Care Center Project, the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, and the South County Housing Dunes On Monterey apartment project, Below is a list of plans slated for the the 28,000-acre former army installation, all being managed by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA).


Santa Cruz County

2120 Delaware - The Delaware Addition Project
(Industrial/Commercial Condominiums + Residential Uses)

On July 29, 2008, the City Council approved the Delaware Addition project located at 2120 Delaware Avenue, an approximately 20-acre vacant site, on the north side of Delaware Avenue west of Swift Street and East of Natural Bridges Drive within a mostly developed, light industrial area of the city. The approved project currently underway allows for a mixed-use industrial, commercial, and residential development with a maximum potential buildout of 535,553 square feet of buildings, including up to 248 residential units and up to 145 industrial/commercial condominiums. The overall project vision, as proposed by the developer, is to create an environmentally sustainable industrial neighborhood that will become the core of a vibrant Westside Industrial District, supporting a diverse community of small local businesses and entrepreneurs. The project provides build-to-suit opportunities for local businesses to construct an entire industrial building or condominium with several work/live housing options.

555 Pacific Avenue 
94 small residential condominiums (SOUs) plus 4,680 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space.
Project approved to construct a four-story building with 94 residential Small Ownership Units (SOUs), 4,680 square feet of ground-floor commercial space within four tenant spaces fronting on Pacific Avenue, and one below-grade basement level of parking. The proposed unit mix includes 39 studio units (450 and 520 square feet) and 55 one-bedroom units (650 square feet). The ground floor commercial space includes two 1,300 square foot eating establishments that have outdoor seating within a central courtyard area. The other two commercial spaces are designed for general retail uses.

Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Study
The Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Study is currently underway. In October 2012 the City was awarded an $850,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to develop a Santa Cruz Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Report.  The Master Plan component focuses on identification of economic development opportunities for the Wharf, establishment of design and development standards for existing and new buildings, re-visioning of public spaces, enhancement of recreational use and public access, integration of educational and scientific resources and assets, evaluation and recommendations related to public safety, and the identification and preparation of studies and permits necessary to implement  the recommendations, initiatives, and best practices resultant from the Wharf Master Plan.
More information about the Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Report, including preliminary concept sketches and graphics, can be found on the Wharf Master Plan and Engineering Report Resource Page here.

Pacific Station Mixed-Use Project
The City has been working with the local transit district (Santa Cruz METRO) over the last 18 months to revise the bus transfer center on the end of Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Over the last 6 months, the City and METRO have been conducting public workshops and stakeholder group meetings to determine the appropriate mix of uses for the new Pacific Station Project which will include bus transit, parking, housing and retail. Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in 2016.

Broadband Initiatives
Santa Cruz is actively engaged in the Central Coast Broadband Coalition on a regional broadband policy and has been working with local service providers to plan the build out of backbone fiber runs over the next few years in key commercial areas. The City Council approved funding in the 3-year Capital Improvement Budget to implement the plan. With gigabit speed already available in Downtown Santa Cruz and portions of the Westside and Harvey West Industrial Areas, along with quick setup for 100MBps wireless connections possible throughout most of the city, expanded broadband infrastructure will continue provide ample opportunities for true 21st-century internet connectivity.

Hwy 1/9 Intersection Improvements
EIR currently under review by Caltrans for intersection improvements at Hwy 1 and Hwy 9 in Santa Cruz. Improvements include additional turn lanes exiting and entering Hwy 9, greatly improving traffic flow to and from the Harvey West Area. Construction anticipated in late 2015, early 2016.

Hotel TOT Incentive Program
New Hotel Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Incentive Program to incentivize hotel developers and existing hotel owners to build new or substantially renovate existing hotels in Santa Cruz containing 100 or more rooms in the larger beach area, three-star and above. Projects which are approved will receive a pledge of future TOT collections received by the City up to a maximum grant of $2 million per project. 

City-wide Wayfinding Project
The City will be designing and fabricating new city-wide wayfinding signage for the entire City through 2016. Signage will include 3 major gateway signs at key entry points to the City as well as neighborhood district signs, helping visitors to navigate the Beach, Downtown, Westside, and other attraction areas.

350 Ocean Street – Mixed-Use Development
Approved four-story, mixed-use development with 58 residential apartments and 5,269 square feet of commercial space on a 1.59-acre site. The location is close to the approved Hyatt Place Hotel at 407 Broadway Street.

La Bahia – Hotel and Conference Facility
Renovation of the existing 44-unit residential complex and expansion to construct a 165-room hotel with restaurant, meeting rooms, small conference space and a partially underground garage on Beach Street across from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This project will be considered by the City Council for approval in September 2014.

Hyatt Place Hotel
Project approved to construct a  4-story, 106-room hotel with underground parking garage at 407 Broadway Street. Constructed anticipated to be underway in late 2014.

Courtyard Marriott Hotel
Project approved to construct a 125-room hotel on lower Riverside Avenue which will replace three currently existing motels. The project, along with extensive street scape improvements, is anticipated to break ground in 2015.