What’s the Large Building Under Construction Next to Highway 101?

I’ve been wondering what the story is with the metal building going up next to Highway 101 at the southbound Patterson exit. Is it Caltrans? Union Pacific? —J.

I wasn’t sure what J. was asking about, so I drove over, and it’s hard to miss—the structure is right up on the road, as if you’re in L.A. It’s also difficult to take a photo of from the freeway, and you should never do such a thing while driving.

Then I drove around the other side, where a sign identified the address as 10 S. Kellogg Avenue and ARCO/Murray as the contractor. There was no one around to ask, but Google had the answer: the website for Scottsdale-based 1784 Holdings says that the site will be Goleta Self Storage, due to be completed in the fall. The lot is apparently 2.06 acres, the size of the structure is approximately 135,337 gross square feet (97,787 leasable square feet), with around 1,023 units on four levels (one of which is below ground). And there’s even a rendering.

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Previous Burning Questions:
••• Who bought the former St. Mary’s seminary—and why?
••• What will happen to the SBPD building when the new building is completed?
••• How does the city decide to mark bike lanes?
••• What’s the story with this house on W. Cota Street?
••• What are those little houses on Santa Barbara Street?
••• Which Highway 101 exits are getting renamed?
••• Will Delta Air Lines ever reinstate service to Santa Barbara Airport?
••• Is the Music Academy of the West adding pedestrian gates?
••• Is the county really taking private property for trailhead parking?
••• Why does the Coast Village Road median look so bad?
••• Is Santa Barbara going to introduce residential compost bins?
••• What’s the point of this light pole near the freeway?
••• Why are the city’s parking lots scanning license plates?
↓↓↓ What’s inside Paseo Nuevo’s State Street tower?
••• What’s the point of these markings on Laguna Street?
••• Why is there a giant red shoe off Highway 101?
••• Will the Dorinda Triangle ever get beautified?
••• Are we no longer allowed on the SBHS baseball field?
••• What does “SBTP” on this post mean?
••• What’s up with the “no e-bike” signs on local trails?
••• Why is Franceschi House in a holding pattern?
••• Why is there a train station inside this State Street storefront?
••• What’s happening with this derelict house in Summerland?
••• Why is there wood on some power lines?
••• Can you explain how sundowner winds work?
••• Why is there a pressure cooker attached to this utility pole?
••• What’s this concrete ramp thing on East Beach?
••• Why does “USA” get written on the street?
••• What are those poles in the ocean near the Ritz-Carlton Bacara?
••• Are people really allowed to set fires in the middle of Montecito?
••• What’s the story with the half-finished lot next to the Montecito Country Mart?


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Farfalla Borah

Thank you so much! I’ve been so puzzled by that project every time I drive by.


I’d love to know how they are allowed to build so close to both the freeway and the train tracks!? Very strange to me, as no other buildings are that close to either.

Joan Swift

I’ve heard rumors that the current management at Bellosguardo is under investigation. Is there any truth to this?

Erik Torkells

Who knows? There’s no point in asking, because if the airline is planning on reinstating service, it’ll wait to announce the plan when it suits them.