Proposed Hotel Project to Revise Plan
302 and 308 W. Montecito Street (Google Maps)
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council has asked a local developer to revise their plans for a proposed three-story hotel on W. Montecito Street.
Developer and owner Ed St. George submitted a proposal to tear down the existing apartments at 302 and 308 W. Montecito Street for a 32-room hotel and coffee shop. St. George also proposed a three-story parking stacker system 33 vehicles and an additional five parking spaces.
The report indicates the first level of the hotel would include the office, lobby, coffee shop, outdoor patio, and parking garage. The second level would include 15 hotel rooms and a lounge while the third level would include 17 rooms and a patio lounge. A roof deck would also be included.
The City Planning Commission denied the project stating they preferred housing as opposed to a hotel since the city's goals are to create more affordable housing instead of removing it.
St. George appealed to the City Council on Tuesday evening he argued the area is better suited for a hotel than residential housing. The site is across the street from the Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Rudy's Tacos, and a self serve car wash.
Councilmembers asked for an updated plan by December 17 that addresses the loss of housing, modify the architecture, as well as the size and scale of the building.