New 16-Unit Apartment Complex Proposed for State Street

••• Yesterday’s meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission included a new apartment complex at 1815 State Street (Pedregosa/Islay): “Conceptual review of a new 16-unit, four-story residential development under the City’s residential density bonus program. The project would remodel the existing commercial building fronting State Street, demolish the existing rear commercial building, convert the front building to four residential units, and attach a new 12-unit residential building and a new 16-space parking stacker.”

••• From UCSB’s house organ: “Aiming to provide an up-close look at the building’s design and lifestyle benefits, and to get feedback from the campus community, UC Santa Barbara is offering scheduled tours of a mock-up of one house within Munger Hall, a planned new residence for students.” Faculty, students, and staff can sign up for time slots; community members can email [email protected] and hope. (The automatic reply included this gem: “You can read more about the project and see renderings of the design at: ‘Absolutely Stunning’.”) UPDATE: I just hard back from UCSB. “Currently tours are only available for University faculty, staff, and students. Tours will be open to the community when we get more tour guides and space opens.”

••• Free outdoor movies at the courthouse are back. The lineup includes American Graffiti, Thelma & Louise, In the Heights, Moonrise Kingdom, and more.

••• Announced at the Santa Barbara Bowl: Bob Dylan (June 22) and Oliver Tree (September 30).

••• Hermosillo Road is getting new striping. As you can see from the then-vs.-now photos below, there will be a three-to-four-foot buffer between traffic and the bike lane.

••• Good stuff from the Montecito Trails Foundation: “Born out of both need and want”—a.k.a. frustration and desperation—”we are launching the Hot Springs Stewardship Project. Open to kids looking for community service hours (youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), as well as adult volunteers looking to help out with outreach on the trail. Opportunities will be open each day—June through September. The objectives for Hot Springs Stewards are to generally keep a pulse on the Hot Springs, clean up litter and provide a friendly connection with trail users. Trail steward visits will be scheduled through a sign-up, parking will be assisted and a post hike report can be easily submitted. If you are interested, please RSVP to join us for a mandatory training. We are looking forward to the ways this project can positively impact the trail community.”

••• The Hidden Oaks Golf Club at 4760 Calle Camarada sold for $7 million; it was on the market for $6.85 million. The buyer is Kingdom Hospitality Group, which appears to be related to Napa Industries, which is a real estate developer building a hotel in North Hollywood.

••• The TV Hill house that I think I love, 854 Miramonte Drive, has come on the rental market ($12,000 per month, available through October). The listing offers a few peeks inside.

••• I got to wondering whether the True Love Always boutique on Coast Village Road is still happening—the website still says it’s opening in February 2022, and the Instagram account has been mum for three months—so I tried reaching out, but got no response. So I peeked inside. Looks like it’s still on.


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UCSB is still going through with this whole Munger monstrosity? Unbelievable…


Its the perfect solution- rise up vs spread out. Its not supposed to be the Rosewood- its a safe place to sleep and store your stuff till you are finished


Its not a retirement home- its a place to sleep. I laugh at “the lack of natural light/windows”- GET OUTSIDE! Go to the lagoon! Skate down DP! Walk to the UCen! The excuses!


Any idea what the Golf Course will become? Is their goal to restore and upgrade or just use the land for another real estate project?


Great plans for that stretch of State. It’s a sleepy corridor, ripe for redevelopment. There are some architectural gems but the density is very low and it would be a great area to target for rehabbing older/ugly buildings and adding in more housing in a way that few can complain about. I suspect the adjacent neighbors on the streets behind any redevelopment won’t be pleased, but I’ve been thinking this area warrants attention for some time. Pleased to see it.