Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

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Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design
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Source: City of Goleta

The City of Goleta Train Depot project is chugging along even during these challenging times. Three potential designs have been selected and now we need your help to select what design or aspects of the designs you like best. Community input is an important part of the project and there are three important ways you can learn about this future Goleta landmark and give us your feedback.  

Please visit the Goleta Train Depot Project page on the City website at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaTrainDepot and check out the new slide deck featuring the design concepts, site plan, building floorplan layout and three roadway designs. After reviewing the slide deck, please take the survey listed on the website providing your feedback as well as important amenities you would like to see in the building and roadway improvements.

We also hope you will join us on June 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. for a live Zoom meeting presentation on the designs. You will be able to listen and provide live chat comments during the presentation. The meeting will be broadcast live and also recorded and available to view after the meeting. The meeting link is available at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaTrainDepot.

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “Goleta’s new train station will be an important gateway to our city for both residents and visitors. Community participation in the design will help ensure that our station will be beautiful, safe, and functional.”

The Goleta Train Depot will be a full-service multi-modal train station next to the existing Amtrak platform on South La Patera Lane. By creating a full-service station, the City hopes to increase train ridership, improve connections to bus transit, accommodate transit service to/from the Santa Barbara Airport and UCSB, and add new bicycle and pedestrian facilities. This project will also allow accommodation for future additional train storage, supporting increased commuter rail needs.

The City of Goleta was awarded a $13 million grant for the Goleta Train Depot in partnership with Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) in 2018. The City and SBCAG sought grant funds from the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) to meaningfully improve passenger experience. The project centers around the City of Goleta’s purchase of the old Direct Relief International warehouse, which allows the City to redevelop the property to create a welcoming train station for travelers to the region.

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Mollycule1 Jun 01, 2020 01:52 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

The Schooner would look great with the living roof like the California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco. If the new depot doesn’t use environmentally friendly materials, it will be very disappointing.

REX OF SB Jun 01, 2020 09:59 AM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

The "schooner" thing is…well…let's just say that if it doesn't pan out as a train station, it can always be repurposed as a Long John Silver's. Or they could build a little theme park around it. I know—instead of Frontierland or Adventureland, they could call it GOODLAND!

a-1593988741 Jun 01, 2020 09:16 AM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

"Operation Desert Shed" is an article from Dwell about a house designed by architect Lloyd Russell. It has some ideas I always thought would work well for a public building. It basically has a large canopy/hangar that fits over the inner structure to passively cool. Using a design like this for a station would give people a place to be outside (while waiting for the train). These three presented options are okay-ish at best. Search "operation desert shed dwell" if you want to check out images.

FirewindII Jun 01, 2020 08:40 AM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

Cards on the table, I have little architectural acumen. But fundamentally, whatever design is chosen, PLEASE also look after protection from the elements. This is more and more often overlooked, the more modern the design, in favor of making a statement in big cities.

a-1593988741 May 31, 2020 08:33 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

I vote for Traditional on the basis that designs with overhangs hold up well against the elements. The windows are less likely to leak, for one thing. The Schooner is interesting but looks expensive to maintain. Sunrise looks cheap, but costly.

a-1593988741 May 31, 2020 05:51 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

You'll be able to roast chickens in the Sunrise building on a sunny day. The AC bill will be yuge. I find the two theme buildings to have a complete lack of imagination. Goleta should contact Disney if they want to go that route, but really folks...it's a TRAIN station, not a Taj Mahal.

OpossumBoy Jun 01, 2020 01:26 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

Last time I checked there were restrooms, a covered area to wait for the train, and another area to wait for the Amtrak bus, both with benches. Seems adequate to me, but if Goleta wants to throw money away I vote for traditional. Those other concepts are truly bizarre.

a-1593988741 May 31, 2020 03:23 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

Please click on the links and see a few details of the designs, then take the survey. Put in your two cents before it is too late. (The Sunrise option would be a mistake in the long run, but that’s just my opinion. Share yours.)

SBRoses May 31, 2020 01:30 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

Sunrise is kind of cool but will look like crap a few years from now. Goleta is a hodgepodge of architecture - a lot of it terrible POMO stuff or mall-from-a-kit aesthetics. You know, foam corbels and columns of incongruous style with a zillion different stucco colors and stone patterns all in one development. Let’s go with traditional. It will stand the test of time.

RHS Jun 01, 2020 10:14 AM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

SBRose: I do not see that the "Sunrise design" is post modern which I associat with strip malls and the Disney Studios. Post modern does contain absurd details and non-functional design elements. Improbable angles and cute tricks. I like this 'Quonset hut' design because it is functional, simple and should be relatively inexpensive to construct. Because the design is so structural it should endure and not age in place over its probably life span.

SBRoses May 31, 2020 07:17 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

@RHS I can see your thought process there but honestly it looks like a mall-from-a-kit of the variety found all over America. I think the fact it blends in as you mention is a lucky coincidence and you’re giving the architect (if there really even was one) too much credit. :)

RHS May 31, 2020 05:09 PM
Public Input Requested for Future Goleta Train Depot Design

I was very critical of the commercial development across from the Costco mall precisely for the reasons that are noted here: many different textures, colors, odd shapes, etc. However I have eaten crow now. Specifically the new development off Hollister. If one looks across Hollister to the mountains today from the south, the colors and textures chosen are extremely effective in blending the new development into the hills/mountains to the north. I applaud the architect/designers who got this right.

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