••• The large hotel coming to 101 Garden Street in the Funk Zone had been on hold, but it looks like going to start progressing again. A recap From the agenda of tomorrow’s Historic Landmarks Commission, when the project’s archaeology report will be presented: “The project consists of a new 250-room, 231,300-square foot (net) hotel located on a 4.53-acre site at the southwest corner of Garden and E. Yanonali Streets, in El Pueblo Viejo Landmark District. […] The hotel would consist of 119 standard guestrooms and 131 extended stay guestrooms. Amenities for the hotel guests would include restaurants, bar, lounge, library, media salons, meeting rooms, fitness rooms, market, laundry rooms, a pool, and a roof deck with trellis. A total of 267 parking spaces would be provided (39 surface and 228 in an underground parking garage). All existing structures and uses on the site would be removed.” The presence of laundry room implies this won’t be especially high-end, but you never know. My understanding is that the project is months from making a more substantial presentation to the HLC; the Cearnal Collective rendering shown here is a bit out of date, but close enough for now.
••• Also presenting an archaeology report to the HLC: 8 Ocean View Avenue, right off Old Coast Highway. “Proposal to demolish an existing single family residence, garage, storage building, and shed, and construct 7 dwelling units in 5 buildings.”
••• Edible Santa Barbara reminded me that a couple of years ago, KCRW ran a look at the history of Santa Claus Lane, with lots of great historical photos. It’s definitely worth a look. (Photo courtesy Carpinteria Valley Museum of History.)
••• Comedian and former senator Al Franken will be at the Lobero Theatre on April 1. I’m sure someone will comment here or on Instagram about the misdeeds that led him to leave the Senate, but I believe that people can learn and be forgiven.
••• August 13 at the Santa Barbara Bowl: Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown, with Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, George Porter Jr. and Dumpstaphunk, Cyril Neville, and the Soul Rebels.
••• The price of the funky barn house at 802 Carosam Road in Hope Ranch has been cut by another $500,000, leaving it at $2.995 million.
••• SB_Updater explains the container ships off the coast:
The new queuing system which slows container ships 100+ miles out of LA can be seen locally. Four container ships lined up in the Santa Barbara Channel slowly heading towards LA/Long Beach. pic.twitter.com/Fgoz2QJgnO
— SB_Updater (@SB_Updater) December 21, 2021
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