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FORA and FORA-Assisted Building Removal History

The adopted 1997 Base Reuse Plan (BRP) provided opportunity for negotiations with the U.S. Army to allow “no cost” transfer of redevelopment land to local land use jurisdictions. The sole contributing consideration that facilitated the “no cost” Economic Development Conveyance (EDC) land transfer was the impact on local jurisdictions to accomplish the mandatory cleanup and removal of over 90 years of Army building at former Fort Ord.

The Army left behind approximately 3,500 buildings that offered little or no use to the civilian community, ranging in age from the early 1900s to the late 1980s. These buildings have become dilapidated over time, contain various forms of hazardous materials and are frequently targeted sites for vandalism and illegal dumping in close proximity to various occupied buildings. The occupied buildings are the result of building reuse-in-place, or new construction following building deconstruction. There are no foreseen uses for the remaining dilapidated buildings. It has become cost prohibitive to remodel them due to the amount of hazardous materials, health and safety code issues, and engineering challenges they present.

FORA has actively pursued understanding former Fort Ord building removal complexities and costs and applying lessons- learned to manage removal costs while protecting human health and the environment. Since 1996, FORA has removed over 500 World War II (WWII) era wooden structures (approximately 4,000,000 square feet), achieving an approximate 90% building material recycling rate (by weight). Over the course of FORA’s building removal program, the potential for job creation and economic recovery through opportunities in deconstruction, building reuse, and recycling were researched, and remediation techniques were established that created efficiency and identified cost savings. FORA shared these lessonslearned with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to establish a building removal program for their approximately 330 former Army buildings.

Building Removal Activity History

Snapshot of the Comprehensive Building Removal on the former Fort Ord to date

FORA has provided approximately $48.3 million in funding or land-sales revenue reduction to remove buildings or assist jurisdictions and their land reuse developers with removal. To date, FORA, CSUMB, the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative and the jurisdictions (with the help of their developers) have coordinated to reuse or remove buildings on the former Fort Ord. The diagram above illustrates the status of building reuse and removal on the former Fort Ord.

blight removal map

Click HERE for a locations map illustrating building reuse and removal status.

FORA Building Removal Obligation in the City of Seaside and Marina

In August 2015, FORA staff met with City of Seaside staff to utilize existing FORA CIP Building Removal funds to hire an Industrial Hygienist Company to survey the hazardous materials in 27 dilapidated Surplus II Buildings. Seaside is anxious to understand the extent of hazardous materials present and better understand the cost to remove the remaining Surplus II buildings. Similarly, the City of Marina is anxious to begin removing the former Fort Ord stockade complex buildings. FORA has allocated $2.2M to the removal of the stockade and has begun talks with the City staff on how best to coordinate the removal to minimize impacts on adjacent property users. The stockade removal process involves three stages: Industrial Hygienist hazards material surveys, hazardous material abatement, and building removal.

The diagram below illustrates economic and job benefits by investing funds for building removals in Seaside Surplus II and the Marina Stockade.

A full history of building removal can be found in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).