The Former Macy’s Building Is Being Repositioned as Offices

••• Commercial real estate agent Caitlin Hensel posted about how her firm, Hayes Commercial Group, has “just listed The Ortega Building (formerly Macy’s) for lease as Class A office space with a complete remodel. Each floorplate is 45K sf making up a total of 132,500 sf available at 701 State Street. These interior renderings show what it could look like once leased!” According to the listing, “the three-story structure is undergoing complete renovation for delivery in 2022″ and “a 7,000± SF rooftop deck is also under consideration.”

••• I heard back from Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation about the timeline for the West Beach Splash Playground: “We are preparing to solicit for a redesign of the concept that would be a smaller scale [than this]. We should have a design to present to Planning Commission and the Historic Landmarks Commission in fall. Construction could be in 2022 if funded by Council.” As for Plaza de Vera Cruz, I’m still trying….

••• The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (March 31 to April 10) announced its lineup.

••• Coming soon to Santa Barbara: the Mujeres Makers Market, which is “calling all makers, designers, artisans, artists, creators and vintage curators to join us in our first BIPOC market in the 805.”

••• After a a quickie renovation, the Victorian triplex at 728 De La Vina Street came back on the market for $300,000 less than when it first debuted in early January for $2.695 million. Below: before and after.


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