The Seaside City Council on Thursday will consider giving its preliminary blessing for a major residential and commercial development on Fort Ord land, a project being called the Seaside University Center.

The council will consider staff-recommended approval of a 12-month exclusive negotiating agreement with familiar Seaside developer K-B Bakewell.

As outlined by the developer, it would include a 20-acre retail center, entertainment space, a business park, more than 220 houses and additional apartments.

The yearlong deal would provide time for the developer to complete plans for the property, conduct a market study, submit a formal application, reach a land-acquisition agreement and perform environmental studies.

The site comprises about 76 acres in two neighboring tracts called the "Surplus II site" south of Gigling Road and the "26 Acres" site south of Lightfighter Drive.

The development group, which built the 380-home Seaside Highlands development 10 years ago, has been seeking the Surplus II land since 2011, but the process stalled when the state scrapped local redevelopment agencies.