The San Ysidro Roundabout Has Opened

••• The San Ysidro roundabout has opened, and it feels good! And the overcrossing has reopened to cars.

••• Sol Seek Yoga is now under the ownership of Justin Randolph and Greg Cicchino, who own Yoga Loft in Manhattan Beach (which they’ll be rebranding as Sol Seek).

••• From Newsmakers: “Citizen McCaw, the prescient and acclaimed 2008 documentary that chronicles the heartbreaking and heedless destruction of Santa Barbara’s historic daily newspaper, will return for a free, one-time public screening at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.” Or watch it online….

••• Interior designer Marc Normand Gelinas‘s new location (in the former Lemondrop space in the Upper Village) opens Friday.

••• On Wednesday’s Historic Landmarks Commission agenda: “Proposal to construct a new 27,647 square foot three-story hotel consisting of 44 guest rooms, a first-floor lobby, a reception area, lounge, grab & go, storage area, a roof deck, and underground 44-space garage for valet parking.” We knew a hotel was in the works for 17-21 W. Montecito Street, but the details were under wraps till the developer got the go-ahead to demolish the buildings. Do you think tourists will be into balconies overlooking the bus and train stations (as in the south elevation below)?

••• Also on the HLC agenda: “Proposal to convert an existing 2,555 square foot commercial building to a 2,905 square foot mixed-use building. Project includes a 350 square foot addition, hardscape and landscape changes, new bicycle parking, and exterior alterations such as roofing, doors, windows, skylights, walls, gates, scuppers, and downspouts.” It’s 1925 State Street, next to the gas station at Mission Street, and it’s evidently part of the hotel at 1913, 1919, and 1921 State. We learned back in March of the plan to convert those buildings to a hotel with 73 rooms; the addition of six hotel rooms (along with a commercial space) at 1925 State brings the total to 79. And according to the illustration submitted to the HLC, 1919 and 1925 will be getting a rather nice-looking makeover. Too bad the W. Montecito Street hotel doesn’t have the same pizzazz.

••• Opening September 8 at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara: “Portals, a solo exhibition of two- and three-dimensional work by Sommer Roman […] that brings together various works from three different threads of Roman’s larger body of work: new textile-based wall sculptures and ‘Brain Scan’ colored pencil drawings are paired with ‘Cell Portrait’ ink drawings.”


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Nice looking upgrades for 1919 and 1925 State. 1925 in particular is a welcome change. The entryway to that building has served as a homeless camp and human toilet ever since the doggie daycare vacated. It’s truly demoralizing to walk past human excrement on a regular basis so bring on the renovation!

Scott Batson

Roundabouts should not have walls in the circular island until people no longer drive drunk.

Mark MacGillvray

The SY roundabout is not round but shaped like a kidney bean. Can we please refer to it as a beanabout?