I know the city is working on a new building for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Once it’s finished, what will happen to the current building on E. Figueroa Street? —A.
“There has been nothing decided as of yet, but city staff is looking at several ideas to determine the highest and best use for the space,” said Shelly Cone, the city’s community engagement manager and public information officer.
The big decision will be whether to try and work with the existing building at 215 E. Figueroa Street (Garden/Santa Barbara) or tear it down. “There have been no decisions at all,” said Cone when I asked specifically about demolition. “It’s a process, and there are ideas being discussed, but it’s still just in the idea phase.” I’m waiting to hear back exactly what the process entails, and whether it starts with the city administrator or someone else.
While the main reason the SBPD has wanted to move is size—the new building at the corner of Cota and Santa Barbara, where the Saturday farmers’ market is now, will be much larger*—its current building is also in need a lot of work. A 2010 assessment by Paul Poirer & Associates Architects laid out the many issues with the 1959 building—seismic, asbestos and lead, ADA compliance, and more. Given that it is not considered a jewel in the architectural crown of Santa Barbara, and is not protected in any way, I wouldn’t be surprised if the city argues for demolition. A consolidation of the city’s many separate offices into one administrative complex might be a prudent move, as it would free up land for low-income housing. The lot at 215 E. Figueroa is 1.1 acres.
*The existing building is 24,164 square feet, with a 9,608-square-foot annex. The new building will be 64,000 square feet, with an 84,000-square-foot parking structure.
P.S. The farmers’ market will likely move to the intersection of State and Carrillo.
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