Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

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Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

On Monday, June 24, the City of Santa Barbara [celebrated] the completion of its new commercial industrial development on Santa Barbara Airport property with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by City of Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo. 

Construction on this sought-after development began in July 2018 and was made possible by a more than $10 million investment in this key location along Hollister Avenue, one of the last developable parcels in the area.  The new five-building development addresses a long-standing shortage of commercial industrial space in the Santa Barbara region and will enable a number of local companies the opportunity to grow their businesses.  Examples of future tenants include ACIJet, ServPro Santa Barbara.

In addition to its value for local business, the project is one of the most thoughtfully planned new developments in terms of environmentally friendly features and green building materials.  The project is awaiting its final designation as a LEED Gold or Silver development, and is designed to be energy and water efficient, protect area waterways and produce renewable energy with its use of solar technology.  There are also two charging stations for electric vehicles. 

Some of the highlights of the project include:

•           Modern industrial design - improving the look of Hollister Avenue area

•           Coffee shop/deli opportunity with outdoor seating

•           Rainwater recapture system

•           Gardens and benches with a park-like atmosphere

•           Bike racks and bike storage

•           Lockers and showers for bike commuters

•           Electric vehicle charging stations

Each of four commercial industrial buildings consists of two 2,300 square foot units, including a roll-up door, storage, and front office space.  A café or deli is envisioned for the anchor corner building in 2,500 square feet of space, including indoor and outdoor seating.  A nearly 2,000 square foot space in this building is available for lease by a retail or other service-oriented business.  The café and retail will serve the growing number of businesses and employees in the area, particularly the new Direct Relief facility directly adjacent to the development. All units have plenty of adjacent parking.

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a-1563622271 Jun 28, 2019 12:44 PM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

It is across from the Airport and totally fits the aesthetic in my opinion. Design is subjective, so no surprise to read some people do not like it. Some people think old town is ugly, and some people think Fairview shopping center is ugly. I personally think the Fairview/Calle Real intersection is so frustrating I do not care what is over there and welcome a deli on this side of the freeway. The space has a nice younger vibe, much like the Deckers build, and trains your eye away from the beat up camper lot. Not everything has to be Spanish revival

oops Jun 26, 2019 08:40 AM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

yuck! looks similar to that POS housing they put in next to 101 FWY in SB. So cheap and non SB looking. How does these get through the planning commission?

a-1563622271 Jun 25, 2019 10:56 AM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

I think the buildings look awful, especially.... for how much was spent to build them. Time will tell how they age. I have a feeling it will be a ghost town unless there are burger, beer and coffee joints in them. But who would really go to that area to hang when Calle Real and its choices are down the street.

a-1563622271 Jun 25, 2019 02:43 PM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

I agree we need more space but the City of SB shouldn't be a landlord and these will be far from affordable for small businesses to move into. Government should only be the landlord to the buildings they do business in, not private businesses paying the the City for space.

a-1563622271 Jun 25, 2019 02:43 PM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

I agree we need more space but the City of SB shouldn't be a landlord and these will be far from affordable for small businesses to move into. Government should only be the landlord to the buildings they do business in, not private businesses paying the the City for space.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jun 25, 2019 11:47 AM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

There is a significant lack of small commercial space in the SB area. They'll be full quickly. We need more of these types of units. They foster small business and allow entrepreneurs a place to get a foot hold in a extremely difficult commercial rental market. They should build more of these instead of overpriced condos and tiny apartments. It will allow us to can grow our commercial base instead of relying on government, tourism and low wage service / retail jobs form large corporations. Small business is the lifeblood of a community, not tourism or government incentives as preached by our hapless, worthless mayor...

TJTom Jun 25, 2019 10:06 AM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

In my opinion the style of the new buildings as seen from Hollister Avenue is not pleasing at all. Time will tell what becomes of the development. For now it's just a PR release and another ribbon-cutting ceremony "officiated" by Murillo on the island of Santa Barbara City property in Goleta.

a-1563622271 Jun 25, 2019 07:58 AM
Airport Commercial Industrial Space Complete

The city of Santa Barbara owns a good chunk of land by the airport still. The buildings to the north of the direct relief building are owned by the City of SB and they are run down and pretty ratty looking. I hear they charge north of 100K a year in rent for just one of those buildings.

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