••• The Happy Laundry building at 1911 De La Vina Street (Mission/Pedregosa) is getting a fancy renovation by DMHA, according to plans submitted to the city’s Architectural Board of Review in advance of its meeting earlier this week: “Project entails remodeling multiple facades of an existing 5,535 square foot, one-story non-residential structure. Also proposed is the internal reconfiguration of the structure from office and laundromat space to an art studio and laundromat. Project proposes site improvements and a parking lot and vehicular circulation improvements. An Accessory Dwelling Unit will be permitted under a separate permit above a new six-vehicle tandem carport. Scope of work also entails landscaping improvements. No change to the existing single-unit residence is proposed.”
••• There’s a new news platform in town called The Whip, although it’s more opinion than news, and it skews very left. I’ll be interested to see how it does. I’ve always thought that this area is more conservative than people might suspect (but then I had just spent 30 years in New York City), and there’s no indication of who has started the company, which tends to give one pause.
••• The nearly five-acre former Mount Calvary Monastery & Retreat House property at 505 E. Los Olivos Street, right near the Mission, took another big price cut (↓$1.1 million), leaving it at $10.9 million.
••• Thanks to D. for pointing out the new petition to improve the proposed aquatic facilities at Ortega Park, which I wholeheartedly support. (The organizers say you should just ignore the part about donating.) Santa Barbara has only one municipal pool, which is bizarre. This Noozhawk op-ed has more on the effort.
••• It’s been a mighty long time since we had a concert announcement from the Santa Barbara Bowl: country duo the Brothers Osborne will play the venue October 13.
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