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The UCSC MBEST Initiative

The UCSC MBEST Initiative is an effort to develop properties owned by the University of California for the purpose of fostering economic development, light industrial, housing and research. The resulting job creation from such an effort will help to replace employment lost due to the base closure of Fort Ord.

UCSC MBEST Business Park Space Availability

Contact the UCSC MBEST Center for availability of suites, offices, and cubicles.
Location: 3180 Imjin Road, Marina, CA 93933
*USF: Area for exclusive use of a tenant.
*RSF: USF plus a pro-rata share of common area.

MBEST Business Park Suite # Usable Sqft (*USF) Rentable Sqft (*RSF)


​​ Mailing Address for all staff:
   Real Estate & Contract Services
   Univ of California Santa Cruz
   1156 High St
   Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Office Location:
   MBEST Center
   3180 Imjin Road, Suite 104
   Marina, CA 93933

Intercampus Mailstop:
   Real Estate & Contract Services (RECS)

Package Delivery Address:
   MBEST Center
   3180 Imjin Road, Suite 104
   Marina, CA 93933



From Highway 1: Take Reservation Road east through the city of Marina to the Imjin Road stop light (~ 3 miles from Highway 1). Turn left on Imjin Road. The Headquarters Building is the first set of buildings on the right, approximately 300 yards from Reservation Road.

From Blanco or Davis Roads: Turn right onto Reservation Road and proceed west toward the city of Marina to the Imjin Road stoplight. Turn right on Imjin Road. The Headquarters Building is the first set of buildings on the right, approximately 300 yards from Reservation Road.

For driving directions to the headquarters building, start here with Google Maps.


MBEST Entitlements
UC Santa Cruz and the city of Marina are collaborating to entitle the central north campus of the MBEST Center and the adjacent Marina Airport Business Park. Entitlements will include a specific plan and a subdivision map. The MBEST Center already benefits from an endangered species take permit issued from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

MBEST Properties and the Federal Opportunity Zone Program
The Central North Campus (70 acres), the West Campus (48 acres) and the 8th Street Parcel (48 acres) of MBEST lands are all within “opportunity zones” created by recent federal tax legislation. Investing in these zones through development allows significant capital gains tax advantages. For more information on this potential tax benefit, see the IRS FAQ site.​​


​​​The UCSC MBEST master plan and the upcoming Marina Airport Area Specific Plan will guide future development of the Central North Campus, totaling approximately 70 acres. Existing development consists of the MBEST headquarters building complex with approximately 20,000 square feet. This Class A commercial office space is a multi-tenant facility.​



Tenants at the UCSC MBEST Center enjoy the unparalleled quality of the Monterey Bay lifestyle while gaining competitive business advantage through the many benefits of close association with two world-class Universities. ​​​Tenant Selection Criteria


Consistent with the University of California’s mission, the mission of the UCSC MBEST Center is to create a constructive environment in which to foster the collaborative and cooperative interaction between public and private education and research institutions, government research agencies, private business, and policy makers in productive alliances.  For more information, see the UCSC MBEST Center Mission Statement.​​


​​Located near world-renowned tourist and golfing destinations and one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, the Monterey Bay provides a center of excellence for innovation in marine, environmental, and information sciences and technologies.

Beginning in 1994, the University of California, Santa Cruz has received nearly 1,100 acres of land from the U.S. Army in a phased transfer. Of this, 500 acres is planned for development and 600 will be managed as a habitat reserve by the UC Natural Reserve System.

In 2001, the MBEST Center Headquarters Building was constructed and infrastructure was installed to serve the primary R&D campus, the "Central North" campus.

In 2011, a visioning exercise with broad input from community leaders, recommended that the footprint of the MBEST Center be focused on the Central North campus, with surrounding non-habitat lands developed for job-generating uses.​


Founded in 1868, the University of California is widely respected as the best public university system in the world. UC researchers are pioneers in medicine, computers, biotech and agriculture. The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), the lead campus for the MBEST Center, has internationally recognized faculty, staff, and facilities in earth and marine science, computer engineering and information science, biodiversity, agro-ecology, and environmental policy. For over a decade, the faculty's published research in the physical sciences has been referred to more often on average than that of any public research university in America. The campus also serves as a conduit to the research strengths and administrative experience of the entire UC system, including the national laboratories UC manages for the Department of Energy (Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, and Los Alamos). More Information...
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