••• The Carpinteria Planning Commission approved a new skate park “of approximately 36,500 square feet on the east side of City Hall, 5775 Carpinteria Ave. Plans include 19,500 square feet of skateable area, 23 new parking spaces, a 7,690-square-foot picnic and plaza area, a new restroom, landscaping, fencing and lighting. The project is proposed by the City of Carpinteria, and the Carpinteria Skate Foundation will be responsible for the costs associated with building the park.” It replaces a roller hockey rink.
••• The repair of the Stearns Wharf sign, damaged by a car in December, is on hold because of Covid-19. “It is up to the contractor as to when they will return to business as usual,” says the Waterfront Department. “We have a contractor on board but cannot dictate when they go back to work.”
June – County road repairs begin
Debris Basins (3) expansion gets underway
Fall – Sheffield Dr Interchange work begins
County road repairs complete in Montecito.
Existing debris basin expansion work concludes
Randall Rd Debris basin construction starts
Randall Rd Debris basin construction completes
2023 – 2027
Tentative Roundabout construction
••• One that’s not on that list is the Dorinda Triangle, as I think of the intersection of Hot Springs and Olive Mill roads. The Montecito Community Foundation said it would be beautifying and maintaining the prominent lot, but I’ve emailed twice to see if there has been any progress on a design, to no avail.
••• An interesting commercial real estate listing: 5295 Shoreline Drive, 32 oceanfront acres west of More Mesa. From the listing: “…ready for estate development or possible lot split into three parcels. Extremely rare to find such a large piece of land along the coast, especially with over 25 level acres. Just minutes to private terminals at Santa Barbara Airport and inside the Zone of Influence which qualifies the property for helicopter landings.” There’s no price—the call to offers is July 17—but it was last sold in 2013 for $5.8 million.
••• Three recent sales of note: 1) Sweet little 15 Rubio Road on the Lower Riviera sold for $2.425 million; it was listed at $2.495 million.
2) 2084 Alisos Drive, which has a resort-like courtyard pool, closed for $3.875 million; it was more recently listed at $4.15 million, down from the original $5.495 million.
3) And most remarkably, 501 Valley Club Road sold for $6.961 million, a bit above the most recent listing price of $6.95 million—and well over the $6.495 million asking price in January.