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Bradley Studios at 512 Bath Street — the city’s newest affordable housing complex — opened 11/7 with a ribbon cutting and tour hosted by the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara. The 54-unit complex was designed by Peikert Group Architects, cost $13.8 million to build, and was completed in early November, a month ahead of schedule. The units range in size from 320 to 445 square feet, and tenants must meet certain income requirements to qualify. They’ll pay anywhere from $320 to $760 a month, depending on their annual income.

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Hmmm - doing math:

$13,800,000 / 54 units = $255,000 / unit

each unit is approx 400 sq ft

so cost / sq ft is ,,,

$255,000 / 400 = $638 / sq ft.

Is this right? Does it really cost $638/sq ft to build a high density apartment in santa barbara?

Perhaps the 13.8 million included the purchase of the land - how much was that out of the total. Or maybe not.

Perhaps the Indy staff would like to clarify the facts here?

Robert Ramey

ramey (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Where did this money come from? I thought RDA was over? Does the city really have an extra 13 million to throw around? How many police and firefighter salaries would that cover? SB needs to stop supplimenting housing. Enough is enough. I grew up here and we had to do without a lot of things to afford to live here. No supplimental housing for us, we started working young to help pay the bills. I'm sick of the free handouts with no strings attached. Why are these people not expected to pay it forward? No volunteering in the community in exchange for housing assistance? It is proven that people appreciate things far more when they have to work for them.

MSSB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 10:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Some of the money comes from the State's Housing and Urban (HUD) development Dept. In 2012, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara received $618,107.00

HUD has been subsidizing public housing projects since the 1970's. Unfortunately HUD and the City housing authority have outgrown their usefulness in Santa Barbara and continue to force unwanted projects on the public. The Santa Barbara Housing Authority needs continual projects to justify it's existence.

Over-development is becoming a huge problem with unhealthy traffic, noise pollution, and air pollution getting worse with each development. But the State HUD Dept. doesn't want to lose business even though their budget would be better spent in areas that can handle more growth.

The cost to keep the bureaucracy at the Santa Barbara Housing Authority employed makes these projects even more financially rediculous. the 13.8 million spent on this project could have easily been spent on existing housing. But that would threaten the Santa Barbara Housing Authority's existence. If the City received HUD budget money directly, we wouldn't need the Santa Barbara Housing Authority to force more over-development and existing housing could be put to good use.

Georgy (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2012 at 4:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I know this is a crazy thought for a bureaucracy, but just maybe the redevelopment funds for this project were allocated and approved more than a year ago? Crazy, I know.

Now all of you go back to flogging your serfs.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2012 at 10:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

J_A: you are third on my list today for flogging, I'll see you at noon...don't be late or you'll be back in the dungeon...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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