US Coast Guard – Surplus property in transition
What is the Point Reyes Coast Guard Housing Site? This is an existing neighborhood that was built in the early 1970’s for US Coast Guard officers and their families. The neighborhood has 36 existing townhomes that will be re-purposed as affordable homes, with the opportunity for a few more homes in other existing buildings. In addition to townhomes, this neighborhood has a playground, dining hall, tennis courts, trails to Lagunitas Creek, a trail to West Marin School, and office spaces.
May 2019 Status: Marin County is working to purchase the property from the Coast Guard. Marin County will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) from groups interested in rehabilitating and managing the property as affordable housing. CLAM will submit a proposal to rehab, own, and manage the property with our partner Eden Housing. The County will select a developer (like CLAM and Eden) to repurpose this neighborhood for affordable homes.
CLAM has invited Eden Housing to be our partner at the Coast Guard. In this collaboration, the two organizations will share equally in decision making to refine the site plan, balancing community needs and financial feasibility. CLAM will offer community perspective and voice. Eden will provide the finance, construction, and property management expertise that is necessary for this project to be a success. CLAM chose Eden because of its excellence in affordable rental housing across Northern California, as well as its organizational values, including community-centered affordable housing, that align with CLAM’s mission.
How can you get involved? Your input to the County on the need for strong local control of the Coast Guard neighborhood will be important. Please voice your ideas to Dennis Rodoni at Marin County, [email protected] The County of Marin will likely hold at least two meetings about the Coast Guard property in June through December 2019, in addition to the community meetings held on April 18th, 30th and July 12th 2018.
CLAM invites your input and questions on our work related to this new neighborhood. We look forward to more conversations within the community after the County announces the bid process.
Sign the Mainstreet Moms petition here.
As your local community land trust, CLAM acquires property to create community assets – and stewards those assets in perpetuity. As a local organization, we seek community participation to inform how we implement our mission of sustaining a vibrant West Marin. We also make concerted efforts to organize and empower CLAM residents and provide opportunities for residents to build savings and improve their lives. You can read about some of our successes here.
CLAM’s Position and Vision of the Community
- Current land prices in the Point Reyes National Seashore area have dramatically escalated rental rates and home purchase prices far above feasible for working families. The communities surrounding Tomales Bay are in danger of being hollowed out by market forces that promote displacement of local residents and those who work locally.
- CLAM wants to acquire the Coast Guard property so that the homes and land stay affordable and in local control for the long term.
- Community ownership of this site would provide affordable homes that are the anchor of community health.
- The creation of affordable homes and community assets at the site will not involve any additional building footprint; rather, it will involve the wise re-use and ongoing stewardship of existing buildings.
- The site provides additional community space that is needed and rare in a County and Coastal Zone regulatory environment in which there are multiple barriers to new construction.
- CLAM will submit a competitive proposal to rehabilitate the site when the County issues its request. Our bid will be in alignment with the community’s intense interest to attain this property as permanently affordable housing, and make it available for affordable homes and community assets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does CLAM own the Coast Guard neighborhood?
No. The property is still under Federal ownership. The County of Marin is currently negotiating to purchase the property.
In what ways is CLAM preparing to take on the Coast Guard neighborhood?
CLAM has invited Eden Housing to be our partner on the Coast Guard. CLAM chose Eden because they have the finance, construction, and property management expertise that is necessary for the construction and rehabilitation work that will be needed for this project to be a success. Eden’s organizational values align with CLAM’s mission, including community-centered affordable housing.
CLAM more than doubled its staff by adding 3 new part-time staff in 2017. A project manager will help guide CLAM through acquisition of the Coast Guard neighborhood and other properties. A Development Director is helping us reach our fundraising goals.
When will the homes in the Coast Guard neighborhood be available?
CLAM cannot yet forecast a timeline for redevelopment of the Coast Guard property. We do know it will take a few years. Some of the homes are in great shape, but others need renovation. And crucially, a community septic system must be installed on site before anyone can move in.
Can I get on a wait list for the Coast Guard homes?
Not at this time. A waiting list will be established after the redevelopment plan is defined.
Will the homes be rentals or homeownership?
The County’s community process will help shape a vision for the types of housing the project will offer.
Who will get to live there?
Anyone who qualifies for reasonably
priced housing will be able to apply for one of the homes. People who need
affordable homes are everyday people. We work as teachers, retail clerks,
restaurant staff, medical technicians, farmers, and bank tellers. Affordable
homes can reduce financial pressures, so that residents have time and stability
to give back to the community.
Our hope is that the Coast Guard neighborhood serves as an anchor for West Marin communities for generations to come.
How will the dining hall and commercial kitchen be used?
Current non-residential facilities on the Coast Guard property hold many possibilities and constraints. These issues will be discussed at future community meetings. Be sure to participate in the discussion! We will seek community input about the many possible uses of not only the dining hall and kitchen, but also the pool, tennis court, riparian lands, office, and work spaces. Our hope is that the property will serve both residents of the neighborhood and the larger community.
Community support includes the following organizations:
Black Mountain Artisans
Coastal Health Alliance
Coastal Marin Fund
Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore
Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM)
East Shore Planning Group
Environmental Action Committee of West Marin
Gallery Route One – Artists in the Schools Program
Gallery Route One – Latino Photography Project
Inverness Association Board of Directors
Inverness Park Association
Jack Mason Museum
Tim Kehoe, owner/operator of Kehoe Dairy Inc.
KWMR Radio Station Board of Directors
Main Street Hair Salon
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
The Mesa Refuge
Perry’s Inverness Park Grocery
Petition of Support by local individuals
Point Reyes Animal Hospital
Point Reyes Books
Point Reyes Farmers Market
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Point Reyes Station Village Association
R&J McClelland Dairy
Saint Columba Episcopal Church
Shoreline Unified School District
Toby’s Feed Barn
Tomales Bay Resort & Marina
Tomales Bay Watershed Council Foundation
West Marin Citizen
West Marin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
West Marin Commons
West Marin Community Services
West Marin Fitness
West Marin Fund
West Marin-Inverness School
West Marin Senior Services
If you or an organization you are involved with would like to ensure this site is acquired locally, please email your letter of support to us at [email protected]. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have – please call us at 415-663-1005.