Radio Square Developer “Belly Up”

Laguna Hills Firm Had Two Projects in Downtown Santa Barbara

An Orange County developer with two major projects in downtown Santa Barbara - one approved and one under construction - is facing foreclosure after defaulting on a $5-million loan. Santa Barbara Community development chief Paul Casey termed the developer, the Laguna Hills-based DBN, “belly up” and “toast.”

DBN had secured approval to convert Radio Square by Carrillo and Chapala streets into a three-story mixed-use project, but had not begun construction. Many of the key tenants, such as Carrows, had moved out in anticipation. In addition, DBN has halted construction on a substantial housing project in the city’s so-called Funk Zone. That project is located in the shadow of Entrada de Santa Barbara - the time-share condo plan slated for State and Mason streets - also terminally afflicted with a case of construction interuptus.

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