New Hotel Proposed for Downtown Carpinteria
By edhat staff
A new hotel is proposed for Linden Avenue in the downtown corridor of the City of Carpinteria.
The 30-40 room hotel is planned to replace a parking lot next to the railroad tracks on the southwest corner of Linden Avenue and Fifth Street on city-owned property. It's the same location where the Carpinteria Train Station once stood before being demolished in 1969.
On Monday evening, project architects from AB Design explained their vision and design elements during a virtual meeting with the Carpinteria City Council, the Carpinteria Planning Commission, and the Architectural Review Board.
The development team consists of four families from the Santa Barbara and Carpinteria areas who plans to "partner with local architects, land planners, and engineers to ensure that every part of the Surfliner Inn - from the design and construction to its everyday operation - adheres to our community-based mission and vision," according to their website.
The 18,000 square foot hotel will include a rooftop bar and ground-level cafe with the overall site including a new parking lot, pedestrian under crossing of the railroad, a community garden, and connecting trails.
Public comments ranged from supporters who stated the hotel will enhance the downtown area by replacing a parking lot, bring local jobs, and increased future tourism revenue.
Others opposed the project stating it will negatively affect the small beach town charm and over commercializes as one person stated over 1,000 Carpinteria residents oppose the hotel.
The informational meeting did not include a vote from the city boards.
Site map of the "Linden Inn" (courtesy photo)