A New Tenant for the Old Church of Skatan Building

••• The former Church of Skatan building at 26 E. Gutierrez Street has been bought by Ryan Brown, who is apparently converting it to an office for his interior-design firm, the Brown Design Group.

••• The hearing for this already happened—and I imagine Ojai residents were up in arms about the project—but it’s still worth knowing about: “The public is invited to attend a concept review to receive a presentation from the Ojai Unified School District of their proposed development of Ojai Town Square at the Ojai Unified School District site at 414 E. Ojai Avenue. The Public Hearing will begin at 6 p.m. at the Boyd Center, 510 Park Road, Ojai. The proposed development of Ojai Town Square is an approximate 200-room hotel, affordable housing, dedicated commercial uses, recreational uses, vegetable gardens, and a multi-story parking structure at the Ojai Nordhoff Grammar School property, including restoration of the Bell Tower to 48 feet in height.” It’s across N. Montgomery Street from Hip Vegan.

••• There will be a Merry Makers Market at De La Guerra Plaza on Thanksgiving weekend (November 26-28), with “holiday gifts and goodies, handmade one-of-a-kind items, jewelry, art and ornaments.”

••• From Santa Barbara City College: “Both track and stairs will be open to the public on weekends and holidays beginning Saturday, November 20. The public will have daily access to the track and stairs during SBCC’s winter break, from Saturday, December 11, through Sunday, January 9. SBCC will announce spring semester public access hours for the track and stairs closer to the start of the semester.”

••• I recently posted that LAX now has reserved parking, which is great. If your confirmation says to go to parking area 2B, however, you will want to know that it’s on the arrivals level (which no one tells you in advance). I assume that’s the case for any parking area with a letter.

••• According to the agenda for last Friday’s meeting of the county’s South Board of Architectural Review, the entire top level of the Big Yellow House at 108 Pierpont Avenue in Summerland is being converted to residential. There have been vacation rentals in the property, so this could be a case of permitting catching up to use.


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Tom Stanley

the “Restore Ojai” development will be reviewed publicly a few more times. the locals came out united against this project. they discovered a trend where developers are seeking out school districts who are strapped for cash to lease public land. this approach yields many conflicts of interest that bypass the good of the community.