A Snazzy Upgrade in Downtown Carpinteria

••• DMHA published a blog post about the 700 block of Linden Avenue in downtown Carpinteria: “Last year, DMHA was approached to represent the architecture of this exciting project, breathing new life into the unused buildings of this central location. Proposing a multi-tenant retail, restaurant, and office development with a central outdoor plaza, our design strips the buildings to their architectural essence. We enhanced the authentic features of the block by adding a second floor composed of office suites, a 614-square-foot bar, and a rooftop patio. […] With a spacious plaza anchoring the project, we envision the site to become a local gathering place and focal point for city-wide events [….] With hopes of completing construction in early 2022, the project is gearing up for Planning Commission, where the official approval process will begin.” I believe the block in question is pictured above, along with DMHA’s rendering.

••• Primoya Farms, the 14.7-acre estate near the Shepard Mesa part of Carpinteria, got a $2 million price chop. It’s now at $14.5 million.

••• The Montecito Club is getting a “1,100-square-foot Golf Simulator Facility,” according to a notice for the July 8 meeting of the city’s Planning Commission.

••• Interesting project #1 on the June 28 agenda for the city’s Architectural Board of Review: a three-story apartment complex at 220 N. La Cumbre Road (a block above State Street): “The project consists of demolition of all existing commercial buildings on-site and construction of a new 48-unit multi-family residential development. All units would be deed-restricted to Low and Very Low Income tenants. As a 100% affordable development, under the State’s Density Bonus Program unlimited density is allowable, along with exceeding the height limitation of the zone (45’-0”). The project is proposed at a density of 38.71 units/acre, with a maximum height of approximately 53’-0”. 76 vehicle parking spaces, including 12 designated for guest parking, are proposed, as well as 48 bicycle parking spaces. A partially subterranean garage is proposed for residential parking, with three stories of residential development above the garage.” There is currently no 220 N. La Cumbre, per se; instead, the medical-office complex at 200 N. La Cumbre is getting demolished; you can see how the somewhat-subterranean garage could work, as approached from the northern side. (Rendering courtesy Cearnal Collective.)

••• Interesting project #2 is at 210 S. Voluntario Street (Cacique/Hutash): “The project consists of demolition of an existing single-family residence and garage, and construction of a new multi-family residential development. The new development would include 9 rental housing units pursuant to the City’s Average Unit-Size Density Incentive Program and the State’s Density Bonus Program, and one of the units would be designated as very-low-income. Eight on-site vehicle parking spaces, including one handicapped space, and five long-term bicycle storage spaces are proposed.”

••• From an SBCAG press release: “Santa Barbara County Association of Governments has closed escrow on a $4.4 million parcel located at 6416 Hollister Avenue [at Aero Camino] in the City of Goleta, former site of Student Transportation of America. The property will serve as an interregional transit facility for SBCAG’s Clean Air Express and Ventura County Transportation Commission’s Coastal Express and will accommodate maintenance, operations and storage of equipment. […] The Clean Air Express is operated by SBCAG to serve residents of Northern Santa Barbara County commuting to jobs in Goleta and Santa Barbara. The service features a fleet of 17 charter-style buses.”


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