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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Neighborhood Meeting on April 19th for Construction Update of Bella Riviera Project

Cottage Health System is holding a neighborhood meeting on Thursday evening, April 19th, 2012 to provide an update on the status of the Bella Riviera homes at the site of the former St. Francis Hospital.


The meeting begins at 6:30 pm and will be held in the Activity Room at the Villa Riviera Assisted Living Facility (access from Arrellaga St. entrance).

The discussion will focus on what has happened since the last neighborhood meeting in October 2011 and provide an overview of what is to be expected for the upcoming six months of construction.

Project contractor SL Residential is making concerted progress and the first condominium phase is expected to open by May 30, 2012. This will be followed by two subsequent phases in August and November 2012.

Currently, 50 homes (made up of 34 professional homes exclusively for Cottage Health System employees and 16 traditional homes available to the public) are in escrow. The anticipated completion date for Bella Riviera is January 28, 2013.

Work in the public right-of-way is proceeding on surrounding streets. The most notable will be a phased improvement of California Street, between Grand and Micheltorena Streets, which will begin later this summer. Work will be done in phases to minimize disruption to traffic flow.

The agenda for the meeting will include the following:

* A progress update by SL Residential on phasing of the project and work on California Street

* Summary on steps to reduce truck delivery impacts and status of the sound wall

For those unable to attend, updates on construction activity is available on the project webpage on the Cottage Health System website.

About Cottage Health System

The not-for-profit Cottage Health System — the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital — is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater-Santa Barbara community. Last year, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 21,000 people, treated 63,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,600 newborns.

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