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Monterey Downs Estimated to Bring Seaside, CA 500 Daily Construction Jobs Over a 10-Year Period

The proposed Monterey Downs development in the city of Seaside, California would create a world class racetrack and equestrian center as well as 1,500 residences, 2 hotels, and multiple office buildings. More importantly to the workers in the region, estimates show between 1,400 and 1,800 non-equestrian, non-construction jobs would also be coming to the county as a result. The equestrian center and racetrack would provide yet another 1,200 jobs to the region and an estimated 500 daily construction jobs over a 10-year period.

Opponents of the development argue that the highest-paying jobs would be for horse professionals, most of whom would not be from the region. Developers argue that even the lowest paying jobs, likely to be in the restaurant industry, would pay between $19,000 and $55,000 per year before tips. Developers admitted that the average pay for workers is still being calculated. The Monterey Herald listed the possible jobs created by this development.

The estimates are for full-time equivalent jobs, so actual positions could be higher. Among the totals, consultant James Edison estimated 189 in retail; 640 in offices; 800 in two hotel-convention centers; 67 in restaurants; 23 for the theater; 14 at the tennis-swim center; and 75 in a possible cultural museum highlighting the history of Fort Ord or jazz in Monterey County.

The development still faces hurdles as an environmental impact review must pass muster and many local residents are opposed to the clear cutting of 12 acres of woodland.


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