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Property Swap to Improve Development Potential in Tustin Legacy

The City of Tustin and the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) today announced an exchange of real property at the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin, now known as Tustin Legacy.

The land swap is a win-win, creating more useable land areas for both parties than originally envisioned in a 2004 agreement. The exchange will improve circulation by the addition of a new arterial roadway, increase development potential and clarify land use regulations between the parties.

South Orange County Community College District is planning the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP), a 66-acre public-private partnership development, to provide training in advanced technology and high demand career fields. “The ATEP site will create opportunities to bring business and education together in a national effort to close a skills gap in the workforce,” said Nancy Padberg, SOCCCD Board President.

An updated agreement allows for both educational and commercial uses on the ATEP site and commercial uses on the City site, increasing options for economic development in the area.

The land is part of an overall Economic Development Conveyance from the Department of the Navy to the City of Tustin as the Local Reuse Authority of MCAS Tustin following its closure in 1999. “Tustin continually strives to find ways to facilitate development at Tustin Legacy and this exchange is another fine example,” stated Tustin Mayor Al Murray. “Our two public agencies came back to the table to make mutually-beneficial improvements to our original agreement, which will benefit the City of Tustin, SOCCCD, and the region as a whole.”

Site preparation efforts for the land have been under way for several years, including demolition of the former military buildings that posed liability and safety concerns. SOCCCD and its colleges are seeking potential partnerships with academic institutions and businesses to establish a unique, world-class campus.