MBEP MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:
City of Marina
Building Community by Design
A few years ago when Joby Aviation leased some hangars at Marina’s quiet little municipal airport, it set into motion some big changes for the city: The company’s presence brought improvements to the collection of former army hangers that the city of Marina had acquired, says Assistant City Manager Matthew Mogensen, but the company is also bringing positive change to the city in the form of leading-edge jobs and visibility in the heart of a region that’s defining itself as a hub for innovation.
We’re very happy about all the improvements they’re bringing to our airport,” says Mogensen. “It’s also setting us up for a future that’s more innovation-focused.”
The excitement around Joby, and what its presence means to the city will likely become more noticeable, said Mogensen, when we begin to see Joby’s electric flight vehicles being flight tested, something that is rumored to start happening in the months ahead.
Marina is already home to the University of California Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology (UC MBEST) Center, which fosters collaboration between public and private education and research institutions, government research agencies, private business, and policymakers in productive alliances, and the Monterey Bay Drone, Automation and Robotics Technology (DART) initiative, a regional economic development strategy working to establish a drone, automation and robotics technology cluster In the Monterey Bay region.
A town that celebrates its diversity as one of its greatest strengths, Marina also aims to create a community where residents can find ample housing opportunities. The city has the highest rate of growth on the Monterey Peninsula. Among the high-profile developments coming to fruition are The Dunes on Monterey Bay, a mixed-use planned community within walking distance of a new movie theater, shops and restaurants. The next phase of that Shea Homes development, a walkable urban village known as The Promenade, will begin construction next year, bringing new live-work units, townhomes, a new Brass Tap restaurant/brewery, specialty grocery store, and walkable green space to Marina.
When completed, The Dunes will include 1,280 housing units. Seahaven, another nearby development that is already selling homes, will eventually include a total of 1,050 units. Between those two projects, close to 1,000 new housing units are expected to be constructed in Marina in the next three years, says Mogensen, including much-needed affordable and workforce units.
Across from The Dunes shopping center on Imjin Parkway next to Highway 1, a 200-room hotel project in two 100-room phases is slated to get under construction in the next year, a project that will become the city’s largest hotel.