The area currently contains a swimming pool, track stadium, two soccer fields, along with a dilapidated bowling alley and field house. There is also a large paved area, which has several abandoned buildings that are proposed for removal. The project will consist of demolishing the unusable, remnant Fort Ord structures and to remove, grind, and recycle the asphalt areas. Site preparation will include grading, drainage, and underground utilities. The complex will be connected to the campus 12 kV electrical system, thus removing the site's dependence on a separate PG&E service. After site preparation, the athletic fields will be constructed and the area will be landscaped, including tree sound breaks along all major streets, to provide a healthy, appealing open area while also facilitating both pedestrian and motorized traffic.
One baseball and one softball field will be constructed of synthetic grass south of the track stadium. They will be constructed to NCAA requirements, ultimately having dugouts, bullpens, foul poles, back stops, bleachers, batting cages, and a PA system. Two asphalt basketball courts and 8 NCAA regulation tennis courts are located in the northeast corner of the complex, which will include court lighting to allow for night games. A major part of this project will be the renovation of the Field House, which wil be renovated for accessibility compliance. The existing restrooms at each end of the Field House will be remodeled to increase capacity and provide ADA compliant facilities. There will be sufficient sanitary facilities to accommodate 4000 stadium seats. Multi-purpose team rooms will be located on each side of the Field House. Clearstory windows will penetrate the new roof above and facilitate natural lighting and ventilation. At the center of the building, a concession addition with ticket booth is planned, integrating storage and office space. A new heating and ventilating system will integrate with new electrical lighting retrofit. In addition, electrical service will be upgraded, accommodating the concession addition and future requirements.
Prior to construction, approximately 12 abandoned, remnant Fort Ord buildings will be demolished. A hazardous materials survey has been conducted on these buildings by EnviroScience, Inc. It has found that most of the buildings are suspected to have Asbestos Containing Materials, and lead paint on their exterior walls. As a result, a strict Demolition Plan, is required by the MBUAPCD, which requires that a demonstration project be conducted and approved by the MBUAPCD to monitor the ambient lead concentrations during an initial demolition. Collected samples will be analyzed to determine if the proposed demolition process can proceed in compliance with MBUAPCD regulations. These samples will be collected in strict compliance with EPA guidelines. The MBUAPCD has already been contacted about this project, and the required forms have been completed, and the district will continue to cooperate closely to ensure that their criteria, including a maximum lead particulate concentration of 0.30 g/m^3, are met.
During construction, emissions of dust would result from grading and excavation associated with the construction of the new building. Dust emissions would vary day to day depending on the level of activity, the specific operations, and the prevailing weather. To reduce the potential impact of dust emissions, the campus will insure, through construction contract conditions, that the following recommended control measures are implemented as necessary.
- Watering disturbed (graded or excavated) surfaces as necessary, increasing frequency when weather conditions require,
- Covering all trucks hauling soil, sand, and other loose materials or requiring all trucks to maintain at least two feet freeboard,
- Sweeping all paved access roads, parking areas and staging areas with water sweepers,
- Sweeping streets with water sweepers if visible soil materials is carried onto adjacent public streets,
- Enclosing, covering, watering twice daily, or applying non-toxic soil binders to exposed stockpiles,
- Installing sandbags or other erosion control measures to prevent silt runoff to public roadways.
This exemption includes projects consisting of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structures.
This project will consist of installing athletic fields within the existing paved areas and vacant lots, where the area is currently being used as a sports complex with soccer fields, outdoor swimming pool, and stadium. The Field House renovation will include minor modifications to become ADA compliant. Potential environmental impacts resulting from campus build-out were addressed in the CSUMB Master Plan Update SEIR (2004) and mitigation measures were identified to avoid or reduce these impacts. The sports field project is consistent with the existing CSUMB Master Plan land use designation and will be required to comply with the Master Plan Update (2004) policies. The proposed sports field site is approximately 19 acres within the city limits of Seaside and is substantially surrounded by development, including the CSUMB outdoor pool and stadium. the project site does not contain any habitat for any endangered , rare, or threatened species. The construction and operation of the sports field will not result in any adverse environmental impacts including those related to traffic, noise, air quality, or water quality due to the implementation of the conditions within the project description.