Segment for KAZU Radio
Aired 12. March 2005
New Development on the Former Fort Ord: The University of California's
I'm Carrie Mann.
A major cornerstone of the base reuse effort is the creation of the Monterey
Bay Education, Science, and Technology Center, or MBEST Center, which
opened its doors in 1995. It is the effort of an ongoing regional economic
development initiative being led by UC Santa Cruz, and partnered with
more than 30 public and private institutions around the Monterey Bay.
Through this project, they hope to harmonize enterprising opportunities
for research, education, and business development.
Of the 1,089 acres acquired by UC Santa Cruz for the Center, some 437
acres are being developed into a mixed-use University business park. Additionally,
the MBEST Center and the County of Monterey were jointly awarded a grant
from the Department of Commerce to create a model development plan known
as the UrbanVillage. This 270 acre village-type development will use "smart
growth" principles, and will link jobs and housing. The UrbanVillage
is intended to serve as a model for other similar developments in the
Monterey Bay area. Another 605 acres are part of the Fort Ord Natural
Learn more about the MBEST Center on the Sustainable Base Reuse Institute
website at basereuse.org.
For KAZU, I'm Carrie Mann.