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aka Tustin Marine Corp. Base (MCAS )

MCAS-Tustin is located in Southern California near the center of Orange County and is approximately 40 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The majority of the base is located in the City of Tustin (about 1511 acres) and a portion is located in the City of Irvine (about 95 acres). MCAS-Tustin is generally bounded by single family residential uses and business parks on the north, light industrial and research and development uses to the west, light industrial and commercial uses to the south, and residential uses currently under construction to the east. In fact, the site is one of the largest remaining tracts of developable land in central Orange County. Its location advantages in terms of proximity to transportation facilities, community services and regional commercial and cultural facilities make it a prime location for urban development.

History of Closure

The Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS-Tustin) closed on July 3, 1999, in accordance with the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

When the original decision was made in 1991 to close MCAS-Tustin the local community did not oppose the base's closure. Instead, the community proceeded immediately with planning and reuse. The specific objectives of the reuse effort were as follows:

  • To foster understanding and involvement in reuse decisions;

  • To Provide consistent direction in reuse efforts;

  • To be accountable to the local community.

Development of Proposed Land Uses

In 1992, the City was designated as the Lead Agency or Local Redevelopment Authority under the Base Closure Law for preparation of a Reuse Plan for MCAS Tustin in order to facilitate the closure of MCAS Tustin and its reuse in furtherance of economic development of the city and surrounding region. The MCAS Tustin Reuse Plan was developed in accordance with this procedure and adopted by the Tustin City Council on October 17, 1996, and subsequently amended in September 1998.  Owned and operated by Department of the Navy for nearly 60 years, nearly 1,600 acres of property at the former MCAS Tustin were determined surplus to federal government needs and the military facility was officially closed in July 1999.

The Specific Plan/Reuse Plan includes detailed planning, policies, regulations, implementation strategies and procedures necessary to guide the reuse and development of the site into the next century. The MCAS-Tustin Specific Plan/Reuse plan is intended to serve as both a policy-oriented and regulatory document.

Tustin Legacy - Base Plan Map

Business Opportunities

Exciting business opportunities are becoming available as the reuse plan for the closed Marine Corp. Base unfolds. Nearly 70% of the Base's 1,600 acres will be available for:
  • Corporate Facilities

  • Research & Development

  • Light Industry

  • Professional Businesses

  • Retail Stores

    • All planning entitlements have been granted for development on the site of over one million (1,000,000) square feet of retail space. The project, to be named THE DISTRICT AT TUSTIN LEGACY, will be a lifestyle and power retail center containing both big box and lifestyle uses such as restaurants, specialty retail, and a 14-screen, 3,000 seat theater. This development was authorized by the Specific Plan. Site demolition is completed and grading and building construction have been initiated.

Institutional/Recreation/Open Space

Businesses will be spurred by activity from the remaining 30% of the Base, which is being set aside for:
  • Lodging

  • Housing

  • Education

    • A collaboration of colleges and universities, led by South Orange County Community College, will provide training in 21st century industry and services to support Orange County residents and businesses.

  • Recreation/Parklands

    • Public Parklands (86 acres)

    10.4 acre sports field and water detention area46 acre Community Park including tennis and aquatic facilities15.7 acres in linear parks

    14.1 acres in Neighborhood Parks

    • Private Parklands (84 acres)

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