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Heritage Park Group Seeks Support for April 4 Salinas Council Meeting


The city said its decision to deny the Welcome Center's request to expand the use of the freight depot building for additional exhibits is based upon a current tenant's wish to continue to use the space.

CSUMB Cancels 2nd Avenue Project


In September, California State University, Monterey Bay’s Campus Planning and Development team proposed the 2nd Avenue project, which aimed to provide needed housing and services for the campus and community. This proposal called for multifamily rental housing with campus-serving amenities.

Common Building Flaw Brought Destruction in Turkey, Syria


As seismic engineers study the earthquakes that killed more than 20,000, it's becoming clear that a significant cause involved a building design common in California.

Vision for Grand Hyatt Shown to Seaside Council


The Grand Hyatt of Seaside at Monterey Bay project will be a seven-level building with 330 guest rooms, conference center with meeting rooms, restaurant, and lobby bar.

Seaside Council to Consider Consultant for Grand Hyatt Hotel Project


The Grand Hyatt project will be a seven-level, 337,668-square-foot single hotel building with 330 guest rooms. Amenities include a conference center, restaurant, lobby bar, service kitchen, administrative offices, and a spa.

New Limits Recommended for Building Homes in High-Risk Areas


One of California’s top elected officials announced steps to limit how developments can be built in areas that are at highest risk of wildfire. Attorney General Rob Bonta released guidelines for local governments to follow when they are deciding whether to approve subdivisions in the “wildland urban interface.”

California Appeals Court Set to Hear Pacific Grove Vacation Rental Case


In a couple of weeks, a state appeals court will hear oral arguments in a case brought by a conservative Arizona think tank against the city of Pacific Grove for what plaintiffs argue is an illegal way in which the city controls short-term rentals.

Red-Legged Frog Discovery Provides a Teaching Moment


As soon as the presence of red-legged frogs in an irrigation pond near a construction site at Palo Corona Regional Park’s front entrance was confirmed, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District halted the building project and called in agencies to protect the federally listed species.

South of Tioga Project in Sand City Gets Easements


The South of Tioga project has taken a “huge step forward” with the Sand City Council accepting the conservation and access easements from the developer for a sand dune habitat area within the development site’s footprint.

Alisal Union School District Lawsuit Slows Housing Development


A lawsuit between the Alisal Union School District and Stone Bridge Homes has put a hold on a potential housing development. The district projects roughly 1,500 new students and says the developers inadequately address how construction of schools will be funded.

Seaside Requiring Environmental Review on Hotel Proposal at Golf Course


KDG Capital is bringing a Grand Hyatt hotel to the Seaside Resort Project at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course, submitting a design review application and prompting the city of Seaside to hire EMC Planning Group to perform a California Environmental Quality Act compliance review.

Bureau of Land Management Looking for Council Members


The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for positions on its California Desert District Advisory Council, Central California Resource Advisory Council, and Northern California District RAC.

Proposed Amazon Warehouse No Longer Coming to Salinas


Plans for the 2.8 million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center at the corner of Abbot Street and Harrison Road in Salinas have fallen through. ‘Growing cost of construction” was cited as a reason for the change in plans.

Salinas Stays Mum About Massive Amazon Facility


Online mega-retailer Amazon is reportedly breaking ground in Salinas; however, the city and Amazon have yet to officially confirm the project. The secrecy surrounding the warehouse has some Salinas residents demanding answers.

American Tin Cannery Hotel Project Shelved by Coastal Commission


The American Tin Cannery hotel project, near the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has been halted by the California Coastal Commission after two of commissioners appealed Pacific Grove’s approval.

Developer Dials Back Plans for American Tin Cannery Project


Too large and too big an impact on the local environment. That was the message from the Pacific Grove Architectural Review Board in December to the developers of a project on the American Tin Cannery site. Saying they’ve scaled back, developers will go before the Planning Commission on Oct. 28.

As Del Rey Oaks Considers Development, It Must Face a Lack of Water


Even in the best of circumstances, building on the former Fort Ord comes with a gauntlet of hurdles. But the city of Del Rey Oaks is willing to try, despite water supply issues. In December, environmental consulting firm Denise Duffy & Associates will present an assessment of constraints and opportunities to the Del Rey Oaks City Council.

Pacific Grove Staff Gives Thumbs Up to ATC Hotel EIR


At its Oct. 28 meeting, the Pacific Grove Planning Commission will consider certifying the ATC Hotel and Commercial Project Environmental Impact Report and approve four permits sought—as recommended by staff.

Centerpiece for Marina’s Dunes Development Finally Moves Forward


Shea Homes, developer of The Dunes, has submitted design plans to the city of Marina for the Promenade—a mixed-used street with both restaurants, retail and apartments and condos—and plans to break ground early next year.

Despite Obstacles, Seaside Project Could Break Ground Next Year


Plans are in motion for the Campus Town project, which would transform 122 acres of blighted land on the northern edge of Seaside into housing, retail and a hotel.

Marina Weighs Four Proposals for What Will Be the City’s Biggest Hotel


Multiple proposals for a new hotel at the Monterey Bay Dunes Complex were heard by the Marina City Council on Aug. 17. City Manager Layne Long said, “This can define our city not only in aesthetics but also financially in the revenue it will bring.”

Seaside Asks What Residents Envision on Former Fort Ord Land


On Aug. 19, outgoing Seaside City Manager Craig Malin took a dozen city employees and consultants to an overlook on the former Fort Ord. “I just wanted us to see the space,” Malin says. “It’s such a remarkable place.”

Gonzales Hosts Public Meetings on Puente del Monte Development


Gonzales councilmembers and planning commissioners held a workshop review of the Puente del Monte housing development, which includes about 2,623 dwelling units. Another meeting is planned before the end of August to get more feedback.

Big Sur Land Use Plan Gets a Draft and an Ad Hoc Committee


In 1986, Monterey County passed a land use plan for Big Sur that blocked much new development. Now, the pressure is on to reconsider rules for what can be built and where. The Big Sur Land Use Advisory Committee in July submitted a new draft to the county’s Planning Commission.

Monterey County Supervisors Unanimously Approve Rancho Cañada


At the end of a long road that began in 2004, the developers of the Rancho Cañada Village housing development have finally gotten the nod for the 145-unit project in Carmel Valley.

After Tie Vote, Assisted Living Project Will Face Board of Supes Again


The Monterey County Board of Supervisors were tied 2-2 on a vote to approve the River View at Las Palmas Assisted Senior Living Facility, with two members voicing concerns about fire safety and groundwater depletion. The project will face a second vote before the full board next month.

Big Sur Landowner Cited After Monterey County Shuts Down DIY Campground


Michael Selig claims he only wanted to share his property with “underprivileged” families and those who can’t get campsites through the overtaxed California State Parks system. But a resident said, “I don’t know one person in the community who was in favor of this.”

Developers Eye French Laundry Site for Possible Brewery


Development interests, city commissions and the City Council have overturned rulings on the historic significance of several structures in Monterey’s Pearl District, clearing the way for future redevelopment plans.

As Rancho Cañada Inches Toward Approval, Affordable Housing Is Still an Issue


Longtime Monterey County Planning Commissioner Martha Diehl recalls how, almost 15 years ago, she helped craft a plan to incorporate 50 percent affordable housing for 280 homes at what was once the Rancho Cañada Golf Course. Now the project is down to 20 percent.

Pacific Grove Council Annexes Mission Linen Site


The last piece of county land within the city’s sphere of influence is suitable for multi-unit housing.

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