Didn’t think so, it didn’t work the first time.
For the first time in over 15 years, open land at the University of California Monterey Bay Education Science and Technology (UC MBEST) Center is up for sale and ready for development.
In 1994, UC Santa Cruz received almost 1,100 acres of Fort Ord land from the Army. UCSC slated 500 acres for collaborative research-business development and positioned the other 600 acres as protected habitat. After developing the UC MBEST Center and infrastructure on the Central North Campus as a hub for research and development, the area stood mostly idle while the local economy was hit first by the burst of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s, then the economic collapse beginning in 2008.
And the expected overflow of light industry from Silicon Valley to the Monterey Peninsula never materialized to the degree many had envisioned.