Big Changes for One Block of E. De La Guerra Street

••• “The Salvation Army […] won’t pursue its controversial permanent supportive housing project on Santa Barbara’s Eastside.” —Noozhawk

••• “The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District is looking to launch a microtransit pilot program that will shuttle passengers in vans. […] The Ford vehicles are under production. They will accommodate up to eight passengers, including one space for people who use wheelchairs. MTD says the service will be flexible, on-demand and curb-to-curb. The pilot program, expected to launch in the middle of 2020, will cover portions of Goleta.” —Noozhawk

••• A new mixed-use project at 214 E. De La Guerra (between Santa Barbara Street and Garden Street) will have automated parking. “We first brought you this story more than two years ago and it centered on the historic Louise Ygnacio cottage at De La Guerra Street, just down from Santa Barbara Street. The Italianate house, constructed in 1875, is being restored as part of a larger project to bring in more workforce housing. Plans include a refurbished duplex behind (the original structure was not historic, according to the City) and a three-story, mixed-use building next door. All together, the project will create 26 units. […] Automated, stacked parking will be built underground.” Across the street is another huge construction project, 800 Santa Barbara Street (second and third images below), with 23 residential units; that block of De La Guerra is really taking it on the chin. —KEYT