••• Yesterday’s Historic Landmarks Commission agenda had two items worth noting. First up: OceanHills Convenant Church—currently holding Sunday services at Santa Barbara Junior High—apparently has plans for a permanent home at 1002 Anacapa Street (at Carrillo), where it’s proposing “an 8,468-square-foot interior and exterior renovation […] consisting of a 1,582-net-square-foot second story addition and a 3,579-net-square-foot roof deck, as well as a new corner entry tower, new trash enclosure, transformer, short term bicycle parking and new electric vehicle parking.”
••• And a pair of long-in-the-works projects were on the HLC’s consent agenda: the Electrify America electric-vehicle charging station at 32 W. Carrillo Street (at Chapala) and the State Street 101 undercrossing below Highway 101 between Gutierrez and Yanonali, which is getting a Jeff Shelton upgrade. The columns will now be straight instead of curved. (Update: I replaced the previous rendering with the column design that got approved. And another update: Dominique asked when the State Street project will start, and the contact at Public Works had this to say: “The project will be rebid, construction is anticipated in late spring/summer.”)
••• Speaking of Shelton, I always get a kick out of his writing—he pulls no punches. Enjoy his recent write-up about the construction of this house on Arbolado Road on the Riviera.
••• The latest update regarding Highway 101 construction says that the soonest the Olive Mill ramps will close is the night of January 8. (Update: A subsequent email says the ramps will Bothe be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 4 and 5.)
••• And the Gaviota rest areas on Highway 101 will reopen by 5 p.m. today.
••• The former Rite Aid building on State Street (De La Guerra/Canon Perdido) has a new tenant: a women’s apparel store called Creations.
••• Press release: The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care, the County of Santa Barbara and The Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation “invite volunteers to participate in the countywide 2023 Homeless Point-In-Time Count from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The Point-In-Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day.”
••• A public notice from the city’s Architectural Board of Review says that on January 9 the board will discuss a “proposal to merge two lots and construct new automated drive-thru carwash” at 110 and 150 S. La Cumbre. (The notice says “N. La Cumbre,” but that was a mistake.)
••• Up now at My Pet Ram: Golden Hour, “new work by Stephanie Guerrero, Cary Hulbert, and Margaret Thompson. The exhibition showcases mysterious landscape paintings with seemingly natural forms cast in uncanny yet captivating light.” Below: Thompson’s “Neverland.”
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