City of Marina, Eden Housing, and South County Housing Celebrate New Affordable Housing Community on Former Fort Ord Land

University Village Apartments provides 108 new affordable family rental apartments near The Dunes

MARINA, CA – On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, the City of Marina, Eden Housing, South County Housing, and their partners celebrated today the completion and grand opening of University Village Apartments, a 108-unit rental affordable housing community now home to more than 300 residents within walking distance to CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Ford Ord Dunes State Park, and The Dunes retail center and mall.

“We are proud to partner with South County Housing and Eden Housing to provide affordable homes to families here in the City of Marina,” said Mayor Bruce Carlos Delgado. “Our community understands the importance of developing affordable homes for our working families near education, transit, and retail centers.”

University Village Apartments was developed by South County Housing on former Fort Ord land. The new community was made possible by the City of Marina’s commitment to providing affordable housing by including very low-income housing in their “Dunes Specific Plan” and partnership with master developer Marina Community Partners/Shea Homes who donated the 4.5-acre site. Construction was completed in April 2014.

The rental apartment homes are affordable to families earning at or below 30%-50% of the County of Monterey’s median household income – about $19,500-$36,000 for a family of four. University Village Apartments is owned and managed by Eden Housing and includes a large community room, a computer lab, two onsite laundry facilities, two playgrounds for the community’s children, and on-site resident services.

“Access to safe housing is important for all Central Coast families to succeed,” said Congressman Sam Farr (CA-20). “The former Fort Ord was the ideal place to build affordable homes for working families. By bringing federal, state, county, and local jurisdictions to the table, we were able to reuse this public land in a way that will benefit the whole community.”

Funding for the $29.1-million development was provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Alliant Capital, Marina Community Partners/Shea Homes, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank, and Union Bank.

The celebration speakers included:                              

The Honorable Bruce Carlos Delgado, Mayor, City of Marina

The Honorable Sam Farr, Congressman, California 20th Congressional District

The Honorable Jane Parker, Board of Supervisors, County of Monterey

Tobias Uptain-Villa, Field Representative, Office of Senator William Monning, California 17th Senate District

Erica Parker, Field Representative,Office of Assemblymember Mark Stone, California 29th Assembly District

Laura Bateman, Loan Closing Manager, California Department of Housing and Community Development

Wendy Elliott, Community Development Manager, Marina Community Partners | Shea Homes

Norisett Taylor, Resident, University Village Apartments

Douglas Kuerschner, Jr., Chair, Board of Directors, South County Housing and Board of Directors, Eden Housing

Linda Mandolini, President, Eden Housing

Andy Lief, Former South County Housing Director of Development and Vice President/Development Consultant, Vaquero Construction


About Eden Housing

In its 48 years of service in California, non-profit Eden Housing has provided a home for more than 65,000 people. Hayward-based Eden Housing is the long-term owner-operator of its developments, and is committed to preserving and maintaining its buildings as community assets and supporting residents with a range of services. Since its founding in 1968, Eden Housing has developed, acquired, and/or managed more than 10,400 affordable homes in more than 165 properties. Eden provides professional property management and supportive resident services to families and individuals living in its portfolio of more than 8,200 apartment homes in nearly 130 properties throughout California. For more information about Eden Housing, visit


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Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Date Updated: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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