Attractive Revamp of a Downtown Commercial Space

••• On the consent agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission: a revamp of the former Happy’s Collision Center at 433 Chapala (Haley), which developer Jackbilt purchased in January for $3.185 million. The agenda’s description: “Proposal to remove the existing garage bay doors and install storefront windows and doors, and to add nine automobile parking spaces and new parking lot landscaping.” The drawing below, by Cearnal Collective, hints that it could end up being something interesting.

••• The Montecito Trails Foundation is now allowed to take care of the Ridge Trail at Cold Springs, but of course that requires money, so consider a donation.

••• From the county: “The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is seeking volunteers to serve as poll workers for the September 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election.” What a colossal waste of money! Anyway, the details.

••• Clay Studio, the impressive ceramic facility in Goleta, is working on some changes—including “dwelling units for artists in residence.” From the agenda for Friday’s meeting of the South Board of Architectural Review: “5,532-square-foot remodel on the first floor for artist studios, workshop areas, and dwelling units for artists in residence. Proposed addition of a partial second floor within the existing footprint of 2,749 SF gross / 2,079 SF net. Change in use of the existing second floor from storage use to office and residential use.”

••• Los Padres National Forest announced new fire restrictions.

••• A shout-out to Star Rug Cleaners for vastly improving the smell of the vintage carpet we recently bought. And when I went to pick it up, because I was parked in the Anacapa lot, the staff took me through the facility en route to the back exit. It’s not likely to appeal to everyone, but I found it fascinating (especially the giant wringer).

••• Midland School in Los Olivos has big plans, according to an item on last Friday’s Central Board of Architectural Review agenda: “conceptual review of 29 new campus structures and two additions totaling approximately 43,020 square feet of development. The parcel is currently developed with a school campus encompassing approximately 81,080 square feet of development.”

••• I had obviously heard about the parking situation at the Hot Springs trailhead, and how people are parking on the ravine side of the curb on Riven Rock Road. But I only saw it firsthand the other day, and it’s surely an accident waiting to happen. How long till a car ends up in the creek? (And why not just to go the Cold Springs, San Ysidro, or Buena Vista trailheads?)


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