Opportunity Zones

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Location and Characteristics

The City has five Census Tracts Located in its Opportunity Zone:

Salinas Opportunity Zone Boundaries and Information


Project Sites

There are a number of potential sites in the Opportunity Zone which could be used for development.  

Please check back periodically as more sites will continue to be added in the future.

Lincoln Avenue Corridor

Lincoln Avenue is located in Downtown Salinas, just two blocks from Main Street.  It is currently mostly occupied by government buildings and street-level parking.  The City's Downtown Vibrancy Plan envisions the corridor being transformed to accommodate a new Civic Center, a parking garage, and mixed-use development. 

On November 3, 2020, the City released a Notice of Availability for seventeen parcels of land which have been identified as Surplus Land pursuant to the Surplus Lands Act.  The City will accept Letters of Interest from prospective developers/users of the properties through January 3, 2021.  More information may be found in this Notice of Availability.  Questions should be submitted to Andrew Myrick, Economic Development Manager, at [email protected].  This page will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

Division Street

On October 1, 2020 the City of Salinas released a Request for Proposals for seven properties located on Division Street in Salinas.  Division Street offers a rare infill opportunity to develop vacant/underdeveloped land in the most densely populated area of the City, East Salinas. The City seeks to identify and select a Development Team which possesses the experience, financial capacity, and desire to design, build, and manage the development of a project that implements the vision articulated by the community for the Division Street Opportunity Site in the Alisal Vibrancy Plan, with preference given to the production of affordable housing.  

A copy of the RFP may be found here.  Completed RFP responses are to be submitted electronically by emailing File Transfer Protocol (FTP) instructions or a link to a cloud-sharing folder to Lisa Brinton, Planning Manager, at [email protected] by 5:00 P.M., December 1, 2020.  Proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered. 

UPDATE 10/23/2020: City responses to submitted questions may be found here.