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Board Authorizes Coast Guard Station Purchase

Point Reyes Station facility, vacant since 2014, eyed for public benefit

San Rafael, CA –  On September 17, the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized staff to enter into a $4.3 million purchase agreement for the property with the federal government. The agreement will include language that restricts the use of the 32-acre site to public benefit, which could include a conversion to much needed affordable housing.

District 4 Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, who represents West Marin, thanked community members and organizations that voiced support for the project during the Board meeting, adding that it’s been a long process that has required and tested patience.

“This starts the new process, another phase today, potentially leading to more affordable homes in West Marin,” he said. “This opportunity has come about with the support of the entire community and collaborative efforts by federal and local officials. I’m really happy to move the recommendation so we can move forward and get this rolling toward a purchase.”

The Real Estate Division of Department of Public Works (DPW) is working on the deal with federal contacts. Now with Board approval in hand, DPW can execute the agreement, pay a 10% deposit within 10 days of contract approval, and begin a 90-day escrow period. With the close of escrow, the Community Development Agency (CDA) would then begin to explore future uses of the property for public benefit. Details were provided in a staff report presented to the Board.

In 2018, CDA and a community advisory working group hosted two community meetings in Point Reyes Station to explore components of possible requests for proposal for a potential partner to rehabilitate the property. Of the many public benefit use case scenarios the participants provided, affordable housing for families was the most common theme heard at both meetings.

In Marin, a household income of $129,150 qualifies a four-person household as low-income, and an income of $80,600 qualifies that same household as very low-income. The qualifying income levels are based on a percentage of the median household income in Marin, which, for a family of four, is $136,800 as of April 2019.

The Coast Guard property, located on Commodore Webster Drive, is a half mile east of downtown Point Reyes Station. With 36 townhomes and single-room-occupancy-style barracks, the base formerly served as home to dozens of officers and their families. When the Coast Guard designated the facility as surplus in 2014, the local community worked with Congressman Jared Huffman’s Office to seize the opportunity to anchor the property for community needs.

More information can be found at the County's Coast Guard Housing website, including answers to frequently asked questions, more about the Community Advisory Working Group, and an archive of community meetings regarding the property. Anyone may subscribe to receive e-mailed updates from Marin CDA about the Coast Guard property, and questions may be emailed to CDA staff at Lealee Thomas.

Coast Guard Housing News Release 9.2019

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the history of this property?
From the 1970s until the early 2000’s, the families and officers living in the 36 homes and barracks building on the Coast Guard property have been part of the Point Reyes community, with children attending local schools and residents using local businesses.
In 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard designated the Point Reyes Station facility as surplus with the intention of selling it on the open market. After strong community advocacy, in 2016, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that required the Coast Guard to sell the property to the County to be used as permanently affordable homes.
What can the property be used for?
Under current zoning and land use policies, very limited uses could be approved on the site. These restrictions, along with a new septic system, must be addressed before the property can be used as intended under the legislation. The County will acquire the property to use it for permanently affordable homes as part of the Board of Supervisors’ strategy to purchase existing homes as one of the ways to address the local housing crisis. It is particularly difficult to develop in the Coastal Zone because of high land costs and a demanding regulatory environment. West Marin has an acute need for affordable homes, especially for local workers, and purchase of this property will help meet some of those needs.
Who would get to live there?
The homes will be set aside for low- and very-low-income families. Specific income limits have yet to be determined. Consistent with federal civil rights laws, the County will require the Property Manager to conduct affirmative marketing, which means that special efforts will be made to reach out to potential residents who might not normally seek housing due to historical patterns of segregation. The outreach efforts will include Marin and other Bay Area counties.

Households that file an application and meet the income criteria will likely be chosen by lottery. The details of the lottery will be established by the Property Manager and the County. In similar affordable housing developments, all applications filed by the closing date are entered into a randomization log system to establish the lottery standing.

For all affordable housing developments, the household size must be compatible with the unit size. 

What is the timeline?

* The projected timeline for this project was updated in May 2019. *

The Community Advisory Working Group, made up of West Marin residents, employers, employees, and foundations, started meeting in September 2017 to advise the County on public outreach and the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

In April and July 2018, the Community Advisory Working Group and Marin County Community Development Agency hosted community meetings to gather input on the project.

The County continues to negotiate for the purchase of the property and expects to reach an agreement in 2019 or 2020. After an agreement is reached, the County will be able to issue a RFP for the site. 

How can I be involved?

The Coast Guard Community Working Group and the County of Marin held two public meetings to gather information to include in the Request for Proposal. The preview meeting for Spanish speakers was held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on April 18. The community meeting for both Spanish and English speakers was held on April 30, from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Both meetings took place in the small gym of the West Marin School, located at 11550 State Route 1 in Point Reyes Station. 

A second community meeting and listening session was held at the West Marin School’s large gym at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12th.

Presentation materials for and recordings of both the April 30th and July 12th community meeting can be found on the County’s Coast Guard housing webpage under the “community meetings” collapsible tab.

A purchase agreement for the property will likely be considered by the Board of Supervisors in 2019 and will include time for public comment. In addition, once a developer is selected, they will conduct further public outreach.

How will CLAM, our local housing organization, be involved?

In 2014, CLAM participated in a coalition of organizations and local champions that advocated for legislation to require the Point Reyes Coast Guard station to be conveyed to the County for use as affordable housing.

The West Marin Community Land Trust (CLAM) may submit a bid to develop and/or manage the property by responding to the request for proposals (RFP). Because it would be a conflict of interest for an organization to both influence the development of a RFP and respond to it, CLAM is not involved in the Coast Guard Housing project at this time.

What is Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)?

Marin County prohibits unfair housing practices in the rental, sale, or financing of housing because of a person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, parental status, marital status, religion, participation in third-party rental subsidy program (e.g., “Section 8” or VASH vouchers), sexual orientation (including gender identity and expression), and age. However, the County’s previous acts of both overt and implicit discriminatory policies and practices created the enduring patterns of segregation and inequitable access to resources and opportunities that persist today.

Fifty years ago, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 abolished discriminatory practices in the housing industry and required that steps be taken to undo the existing repercussions of discrimination by “affirmatively furthering fair housing.” The affirmative obligation of the 1968 mandate was ignored by the federal government for more than forty years until in 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) adopted a rule the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule. It requires governments to promote fair housing choice and to foster inclusive communities.

To further these goals, the County requires all housing providers to conduct affirmative marketing, in this context it means to promote fair housing and to empower and give special assistance to groups that have historically been disadvantaged. Through an affirmative marketing plan, a housing provider indicates what special efforts they will make to reach out to potential tenants who might not normally seek housing in their project due to historical patterns of segregation. This requires that the housing provider study the market area, learn the target population and design methods to reach out to the target population. Affirmative marketing does not limit choices; it expands choices by actively seeking to reverse the patterns of the past and truly provide for an open and fair housing market where the individual is free to live where they choose. Affirmative marketing does not include specific goals or quotas. However, quantitative data and analysis are essential to planning and monitoring affirmative marketing program effectiveness.

Community Advisory Working Group

The Coast Guard Community Advisory Working Group advises County staff on the community engagement process and the development of the community vision component of a request for proposals (RFP), including the creation of a scoring matrix by which to evaluate developer-partner responses.

Working Group Members

  • Alan Burr, Marin Community Foundation
  • Bonnie Gutman, Dance Palace
  • Cecilia Castaneda, Coastal Health Alliance Board of Directors
  • Drew McIntyre, North Marin Water District
  • Harriet Moss, West Marin Fund Board of Directors
  • Ken Dunaj, Building Supply Center
  • Matthew Nagle, Shoreline Unified School District
  • Maria Niggle, West Marin Collaborative
  • Randall Fleming, Point Reyes Village Association
  • Socorro Romo, West Marin Community Services

Meeting Archives

July 20, 2018 Agenda
  • Critique and improve draft RFP.
  • July 13, 2018 Agenda
  • Debrief feedback from the community event.
  • Review preliminary draft RFP and provide direction to CDA staff.
  • June 6, 2018 Agenda
  • Review and discuss sample RFPs.
  • May 17, 2018 Agenda (conference call)
  • Discuss format and content of follow-up community meeting.
  • May 11, 2018 Agenda
  • Debrief feedback from the community event.
  • Discuss draft community visioning component of RFP.
  • Consider format, content, and outreach for potential follow-up community meeting.
  • March 12, 2018 Agenda
  • Review and critique proposed presentation and community engagement plan.
  • Assess affirmative outreach/marketing plan for community meetings.
  • Receive update on RFP process and timeline.
  • November 13, 2017 Agenda (Presentation)
  • Review Point Reyes Community Plan (2001) and land use restrictions.
  • Finalize timeline and methods for community engagement.
  • October 16, 2017 Agenda (Presentation)
  • Discussion of local preference, affirmative marketing, and applicable Fair Housing obligations.
  • Review detailed version of tentative timeline.
  • Consider methods for community engagement.
  • September 14, 2017 Agenda (Presentation)
  • Hear presentation on history of Coast Guard site.
  • Review of working group roles and responsibilities.
  • Community Meetings

    The County of Marin expects to purchase the Point Reyes Coast Guard property in 2019 or 2020 for permanently affordable housing. The Coast Guard Community Advisory Working Group and Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) asked for input to inform a request for proposals from housing developers to rehabilitate and manage the 36 two-, three-, and four-bedroom townhomes and barracks building as permanently affordable homes.

    Community Meeting 

    July 12, 2018 (Presentation / Presentación)
    6:30 PM
    Large Gym, West Marin School
    11550 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station

    Audio recording of the Coast Guard Housing Meeting July 12, 2018

    In response to feedback from the first community meeting on April 30, 2018, the Coast Guard Advisory Working Group and CDA hosted a meeting dedicated primarily to listening to ideas and answering questions and the project. A short presentation addressing questions from the previous meeting was included.

    Community Meeting (Presentation / Presentación)

    April 30, 2018
    6:30 - 7:45 PM
    Small Gym, West Marin School
    11550 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station

    YouTube Video of Coast Guard Housing Meeting April 30, 2018

    In 2018, a developer will be selected through a competitive process as the partner to rehabilitate and manage the existing 36 townhomes and barracks building as permanently affordable housing. The successful proposal will respond to the project objectives as defined in a "request for proposals" (RFP), which the County expects to publish in the summer of 2018.

    At a community meeting on April 30, CDA, with feedback from the Coast Guard Community Advisory Working Group, asked for ideas and observations to help form the aspirational components of the RFP. Participants were asked to form small groups and respond to four prompts:

    1. How can we serve those most in need in our community and meet our obligations under federal civil rights laws?
    2. In addition to permanently affordable homes for families, what do we want to see on the site? Future phases?
    3. These homes will be a major opportunity for the community. How do we welcome and integrate our new neighbors into the Point Reyes community?
    4. What other services should we be planning for?

    The outcomes of the small group discussions were recorded on flipchart paper and presented to the greater assembly. At the close of the meeting, participants used stickers to vote for their favorite ideas or statements. Staff responses to each community question collected at the meeting will be available under the Frequently Asked Questions collapsible tab.

    Previa a la Reunión de la Comunidad (en Español)

    18 de abril 2018
    6:30 - 7:30 PM
    Small Gym, West Marin School
    11550 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station

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