East Garrison General Overview

Current Status of East Garrison                                        

The East Garrison project is an adaptive reuse of a historic district on the former Ft. Ord military base in Monterey County, California. The pedestrian-friendly development will include 1400 affordable-by-design homes, a town center and an arts district, built in three phases of construction.

Home selling and building at East Garrison is going at a good pace. There are 11 model homes available for tours, and the first phase of construction is built and occupied. Also, 64 units of low and very low income housing at Manzanita Place, built by Mid-Peninsula Housing in 2013, are fully occupied. Building can’t keep up with demand for houses in Phase II of the project, which are planned to be completed by 2019.

The arts district at East Garrison, which will be the location of 65 low cost live/work rental spaces for artists, will be built after the two phases of construction of houses have been built and sold. The arts district is adjacent to the town center. Refurbishment of some of the historic mess halls, and warehouses will ultimately convert them into approximately 55,000 square feet of space available for long-term lease for day-use studios, rehearsal and practice rooms and other arts-related uses. The buildings will be renovated to “warm-shell” standards so that users can complete the interiors to suit. 

An application and selection process for live work space will be established shortly prior to the completion of the live/work spaces. Income eligibility will be established according to federal guidelines; the County of Monterey will review and approve applications at that level. Arts Habitat and ArtSpace Projects, our nonprofit developer partner, will establish a community committee to select residents from the pool of eligible applicants.

If you are interested in purchasing a home at East Garrison, please call 831-384-7320 or CLICK HERE to find new homes for sale in East Garrison a Century Homes community in East Garrison, California. If you would like to be contacted for inclusion in the artist low cost live/work selection process, contact Shirmaine Jones at staff@artshabitat.org.

What Role Does Arts Habitat Play in East Garrison?

Arts Habitat connects and collaborates with artists and arts organizations in Monterey County to foster a dynamic, growing community, while leading the way to a thriving center for the arts at East Garrison. It was formed in 1991 in response to the base closure of Fort Ord. That event offered a unique opportunity to remedy the chronic problem hampering growth of the arts in the Central Coast region — lack of affordable space for creating and presenting the arts. Arts Habitat will coordinate and deliver arts programming services for residential and workspace users, and promote arts activities and events for the entire community of East Garrison and Monterey County.