In the twenty years since the Army shut down Fort Ord there’s been progress on repurposing the land – a new University, a National Monument, new housing and shopping. But even with all the change more than one thousand abandoned buildings still remain standing -- making parts of the former base look like a ghost town. Now efforts to clean up the remaining blight may finally be picking up.
On a recent visit to the Monterey Bay Area, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar voiced his support for making Fort Ord lands a National Monument. KAZU’s Krista Almanzan reports on what monument status would mean and what’s next.
Marina, CA – Fort Ord closed in 1994. Today the former Army base is a mix of the present and past. Just off highway one in Marina, a busy shopping center sits across the street from uniform rows of largely abandoned wooden Army buildings. "If the City of Marina and the developer for the Dunes on Monterey Bay Project are lucky there will be a hotel complex here," said Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer of the Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA).