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Empty Lot in Carpinteria
updated: Oct 14, 2011, 8:39 AM

By John Wiley

Anyone know what's going in on this big lot next to the freeway in Carpinteria? Looks like some big retaining walls and earth moving going on.

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 COMMENT 222582 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 09:03 AM

Lagunitas mixed use project?


 COMMENT 222583 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 09:03 AM

Looks like that might be Lagunitas, a mixed use development going in off Via Real.


 COMMENT 222601 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 09:43 AM

yeeup. good luck with that.


 JOHN WILEY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 09:50 AM

Bingo. If there's been anything on Edhat about this, I missed it somehow. Thanks to your comments I found a Lagunitas developer link and last year's Indy article. Edhat is The Source!


 COMMENT 222610 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 09:58 AM

I think John was hoping they were building him a landing strip


 COMMENT 222654P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 10:59 AM

Yeah, I felt sorry for that little quiet neighborhood of mini-ranches just north of that development. Suddenly they have condos and industry next door. Ah, the sound of trash trucks, big HVAC compressors, and parking lot blowers...the sound of progress.


 JOHN WILEY agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 11:37 AM

I like the curved wall they're building, and look forward to watching the development progress. I wonder how Carpinterians(?) as a whole feel about the project. We can guess how the anonymous Edhat nastygram poster feels, but do some in the community welcome low-income housing? Will the commercial components fit in well?


 COMMENT 222688 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 12:00 PM

I, as a Carpinterian, welcome this project.

I live close-by, too.


 COMMENT 222706P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 01:18 PM

688 why?


 COMMENT 222711 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 01:34 PM

Hey John, where did you read about low-income housing being built there? The Indy article you linked to said the housing they plan to build is "37 single-family detached homes, 25 town homes and 11 affordable units".

Affordable doesn't always mean low-income. Or did I miss it, and all this housing is in fact low-income? This is also what I read, "However, the City of Carpinteria envisioned a live/work campus community. Investec responded by designing a “state-of-the-art” mixed-use development providing on-site housing and jobs for Carpinteria residents." Not sure what the jobs are on the 13-acre office complex though.


 COMMENT 222732P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 02:19 PM

I don't welcome this project at all, 688. I live nearby and it's going to create a total traffic nightmare in an otherwise quiet area whose roads were never meant for this overburden of cars.

Also, it's not low income. It's from the mid 400s.


 COMMENT 222738 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 02:50 PM

An otherwise quiet area? You mean the space immediately adjacent to the freeway wedged in between two business complexes?

Sorry, but the picture doesn't lie and this is not a piece of property tucked away at the end of some quiet country road.


 COMMENT 222769P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-14 05:09 PM

738 - I guess what 732P meant is that the last remnant of land that made it seem like a quiet area (the freeway buffer zone) is now gone.

Where I live, there used to be lemon orchards and open space all around me. Now there's nothing but a gated community and multiple other housing developments. I know how that feels, and I sincerely empathize.

Can and will there ever be an end to this?


 COMMENT 222844 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-15 06:54 AM

Oh it is not going to create a "total traffic nightmare". The area already has moderately high traffic due to the local industries. This zone is meant to be integrated with business & residents. The hope is that people who live there will also work in the immediate area, thereby reducing traffic patterns over-all. An interesting thing about Via Real, particularly that segment, is that one can always go counter the established flow. In the morning, instead of going to Baillard to get on the freeway, go to Rincon, and vice versa. It's about mid-point to either access point. Another thing Carpinteria needs to do is straighten out the Via Real, Carp.Ave. junction at the 101. It will be a major construction project, but in the end, our children and seniors (and others dependent on non-auto transport) will be safer.


 COMMENT 222848 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-10-15 07:12 AM

The problem with these mixed use devs. is they are based on "HOPE" which is not a particularly effective planning tool. Give it a few years then poll the owners/residents on where they work....another reason for more freeway lanes.

I hope they checked the soil for residual agricultural chemicals, not where I'd want my kids playing in the yard.


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