Recent Expansions & New Developments

The Monterey Bay Region is undergoing many development and expansion projects to help improve the business climate of the region. Below are areas targeted for economic opportunity:

Monterey County

Runway Safety Improvements at Monterey Regional Airport
Funded by the FAA’s largest ever grant (estimated to be $52 million) given to the Monterey Airport, the largest construction project undertaken to date by the Airport has commenced. The project came about in 2005 when Congress mandated runway safety area improvements at commercial airports across the country, and has started with shrub and tree removal and temporary fencing on the east end of the Airport. The FAA Airport District office in Brisbane and the Regional office in Los Angeles have worked closely with the Airport to get the project off the ground.

Monterey Airport (MRY) a 498 acre is a "Non-Hub" airport, plays a major role in the local Monterey Bay Region economy. Five airlines serve Monterey. Alaska Airlines, American, Allegiant, United Airlines and US Airways. MRY has two parallel runways, a Federal Air Traffic Control Tower and a precision instrument approach to runway 28L and 10R. The Monterey Airport has based aircraft, 211 hangars and tie downs, and 55 business tenants. The primary instrument runway (IFR) is 7,616 in length. The smaller general aviation runway is 3,500 in length.

Hwy 1 – Salinas Road Interchange
The Salinas Road Interchange removed left turns across Highway 1 at one of the most congested and accident-prone highway intersection in north Monterey County. A frontage road was also constructed east of Highway 1 to provide access to local businesses. The high accident rate and congestion made completing the Salinas Road Interchange a top priority for Caltrans and TAMC. The interchange opened to the public in spring 2013 and cost just over $30 million.

Project benefits:
  • Adds vital safety improvements to a high accident intersection
  • Reduces delays on Highway 1
  • Support interregional travel between Highways 1 and 101
  • Improves access for local businesses and residents
  • Minimizes visual and agricultural impacts

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.

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 28,000-acre former army installation, all being managed by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA).

City of Gonzales

Expansion of Taylor Farms' Fresh-cut Vegetable Processing Plant
Taylor Farms' presence in Gonzales began in 2003 under the name of Foxy Foods. At that time, a 53,650± square foot building was constructed for receiving raw product and the processing and packaging of fresh vegetables. Taylor Farms has recently completed an 84,227± square foot expansion of their Gonzales processing plant making Taylor Farms Gonzales’ largest business and employer with an estimated 600 jobs. Headquartered in Salinas, Taylor Farms currently ranks as the world's largest producer of fresh-cut vegetables. With products that range from bagged salads to freshly prepared meals, Taylor Farms supplies many of the largest supermarket chains and foodservice restaurants in the United States.

Growers Express Constructs New Facility in Gonzales' Industrial Park
Growers Express has constructed a 63,567± square foot building for receiving raw product, cooling and shipping of fresh vegetables. Growers’ expansion in to Gonzales also includes a 3,195± square foot office building. Growers Express is a farmer-owned and integrated grower, packer and shipper of premium-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Founded in 1987, Growers Express grows and distributes more than 40 fresh produce items throughout North America from a year-round ground operation that exceeds 50,000 acres. In 1995, Growers Express became a licensed partner of Green Giant Fresh, which is the nation's most trusted brand in the fresh produce category.

New Pharmacy Building Constructed Downtown
A 4,275± square foot building is currently under construction within the Downtown Central Business District to serve as the permanent home for the Gonzales Pharmacy. The pharmacy is currently located in leased space near the construction site. The pharmacy’s owner and head pharmacist, Jimmy Eitoku has envisioned building on the site since 2008.

New Medical Office Building Coming Soon!
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.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant Opens in Downtown
The Bozzo Family, very successful restaurateurs in Salinas, has opened a new 2,848± square foot restaurant in the Downtown Central Business District of Gonzales. Known as Luigi’s, the restaurant features authentic Italian dishes. The city’s Economic Development Strategies have long called for a fine dining establishment within the downtown. Luigi’s fulfills that calling and should succeed in serving Gonzales residents and visitors for many years to come.

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).

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 ground 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 building, 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.

City of Monterey
Planned renovation and expansion of the Monterey Conference Center to gain approximately 30,000 square feet of usable space due to reconfiguration, with the goal of achieving LEED certification and enhanced flexibility. 

Sand City

The Monterey Bay Shores Ecoresort
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.

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. 

Monterey Downs
The Monterey Horse Park is a new multi-discipline equestrian park project with competition and training, recreational, and administrative uses on approximately 390 acres.


Santa Cruz County

City of Santa Cruz

Kaiser Permanente Arena
The Kaiser Permanente Arena, which has a seating capacity of 2,505, is available for tradeshows, conventions, meetings, and other large scale special events. The arena was built in 2012, and is the current home of the Santa Cruz Warriors, the D-leauge team for the Golden State Warriors.  

2120 Delaware Avenue – Delaware Addition
With Building One complete and fully sold, the first phase of a 535,553 square feet of buildings, including 248 residential units and up to 145 industrial/commercial condominiums has become an environmentally sustainable reality in a light industrial area on the Westside of Santa Cruz. The project provides stunning build-to-suit opportunities for local businesses to scale an entire industrial building or a condominium with several live/work housing options. More information at

Highway 1 Soquel / Morrissey Auxiliary Lane
Completed December 2013, connecting an on-ramp and the next off ramp between Soquel Avenue and Morrissey Boulevard, the auxiliary lane adds 1 mile in each direction to help relieve congestion in what was historically one of the busiest sections of Highway 1, greatly improving traffic flow. The project also demolished and rebuilt the La Fonda Avenue Bridge in August 2013, with wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and a raised crosswalk near Harbor High School.

Highway 1/17 Merge Lanes
Completed in 2008, bridges and merge lanes were reconstructed between Highway 17 and Morrissey Boulevard and La Fonda Avenue to improve traffic flow and safety. In 2009, the City of Santa Cruz worked with CalTrans and the Regional Transportation Commission to install a pedestrian pathway to connect the Lee Street neighborhood with the Market Street neighborhood for safe pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Landscaping was completed in 2010 with over 4,000 trees, shrubs, grasses and vines to beautify the area.