Large AUD Planned for Downtown Santa Barbara
Story poles showing the size and magnitude of the new AUD proposal (Photos: John Palminteri / KEYT News)
By Steve Hoegerman
A huge AUD project is proposed for our neighborhood. It is one of the largest residential projects in the history of Santa Barbara.
This gargantuan proposal is bounded by Anapamu, Garden, and Figueroa Streets. For a good view of it all, walk up the courtyard at 223 E. Figueroa (next to the Police Station).
It would utterly transform and destroy our neighborhood. It involves combining 8 separate parcels on 3 different streets, demolishing almost all the existing 1920s craftsman buildings, and then building 6 stories (4 up and 2 underground).
It goes to the Planning Commission this week. "Story poles" to show its size are up now. Take a look, then, after the shock, take action to stop it.
Here's what you can do:
1) Show up at the PC meeting this THURSDAY JULY 19 at 1pm at City Hall, and speak for two minutes. It is imperative that we have a full house! "Talking points" are below; pick the ones important to you and put them in your own words. Say clearly why you don't want this, and from the heart.
2) Write an email. Send it to 2SaveSB@gmail.com and we will forward it. Do this NOW.
Please end an email if you have questions. CONTACT: 2SaveSB@gmail.com.
We are counting on you. This will affect YOUR future!
Here are TALKING POINTS you can use:
- The size, bulk and scale is inappropriate to this neighborhood, historically one and two story craftsman-style wooden structures.
- The architecture is inappropriate for the neighborhood. The project destroys the neighborhood (of craftsman bungalows) and creates a new one.
- The neighborhood is already a healthy, human-scale functioning neighborhood. This will displace many tenants.
- This would severely impact PARKING in an already difficult area. Do NOT allow two-story underground "stacked" parking (no one wants it). Do NOT allow F-Permits (it's already too limited).
- The bungalow courtyard on Figueroa St s a unique mini-neighborhood. Do NOT demolish the back two cottages.The context of the courtyard must be considered in its entirety to preserve its personality. 2 cottages are Structures of Historical Merit and 2 more are eligible and pending.
- The residents of the courtyard positively do not want access from the project to the courtyard, or balconies looking down on them, or easements through their drive way.
- The 8-lot "voluntary lot merger" is only voluntary to the developer, and does not benefit the neighborhood. More smaller lots with a variety of owners makes for a healthier community.
- This would severely impact TRAFFIC in an already difficult area (Garden St feeds 101).
- The height of this project cannot fairly be compared to the Methodist Church which serves a different function, anchors the neighborhood, and is supposed to be tall.
- The height of this project cannot fairly be compared to Villa Santa Barbara. which was ill-advisedly built in the 1960s and displaced (probably) two Victorian structures.