East Garrison General Overview
Current Status of East Garrison
Home selling and building at East Garrison is going at a good pace. There are 11 model homes available for tours, and dozens of homes are 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. There will be two phases of construction to build 1400, affordable-by-design homes for sale. Those first two phases could take five to eight years to complete.
The third phase of the project will include building the town center and refurbishing some of the eight historic mess halls, which will ultimately be converted into 55,000 square feet of day-use artist studios. The sixty-five units of affordable live/work rentals for artists will be built during that third phase, as well. The third phase will not be complete for eight to ten years.
There are ongoing discussions with Union Community Partners, the Monterey County Supervisors and Arts Habitat to determine if funding can be found to begin the rehabilitation of one of the mess halls during the first phase of construction. The completion of some day-use studios, therefore, may happen within a shorter time frame then the rest of the Arts District planned for the project.
An application and selection process for live work space will be established shortly prior to the completion of the 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 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 contact Nancy Goldrain of Benchmark Properties at 831-251-4011 or nancy@BenchmarkCommunities.com, or visit their website, http://benchmarkcommunities.com/east-garrison/
East Garrison General Overview
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 homes, a town center and an arts district. East Garrison is being developed by Union Community Partners.
Arts Habitat is a non-profit community organization dedicated to fostering affordable and ecologically responsible living and working spaces for artists. 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 to residential and workspace users, and promote arts activities and events for the entire community of East Garrison and Monterey County.
The arts district, which will be the location of low cost live/work rental spaces for artists, will be built after the two phases of construction of houses have been built and sold. These will be sold at the prevailing market value. Income eligibility for the 65 live/work rental spaces 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.
Approximately 55,000 square feet of space in the Arts Habitat town center will be 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. The low cost live/work rentals and day studios are expected to be completed in 5 to 10 years.