City Council Approves New West Beach Hotel
302 and 308 W. Montecito Street (Google Maps)
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara City Council has approved the proposal for a new hotel on W. Montecito Street after revisions include rental units.
Developer and owner Ed St. George submitted a proposal last month to tear down the existing apartments at 302 and 308 W. Montecito Street for a 32-room hotel and coffee shop, as well as a three-story parking stacker system 33 vehicles and an additional five parking spaces.
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. The City Council also expressed concern over the height and overall size of the building and asked St. George to revise the plan.
The new proposal includes six housing units that will replace the four units slated for demolition, an overall reduction of size for the hotel, and a Spanish-style re-design.
The City Council voted 6-0 to approve the hotel. Councilmember Oscar Gutierrez was absent.
- November 20, 2019: Proposed Hotel Project to Revise Plans