Paul Wellman (file)

City Approves Two Big Redevelopments

In the past two weeks, the Santa Barbara Planning Commission has approved two major downtown redevelopment projects ​— ​one on the 400 block of East Haley Street and the other on the 200 block of East De la Guerra ​— ​which cumulatively would quintuple the amount of developed square feet there from 8,400 to 43,000. The existing one- and two-story structures would be torn down to make way for new three- and four-story developments. These developments are part of the city’s Average Unit-Size Density program, which is designed to encourage the development of smaller housing units by allowing greater densities and reduced parking requirements. Together the two projects will provide 54 new rental units.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

UC Santa Barbara Student Injured in Fall from Roof

Injured while taking photo of friends in Isla Vista.

Catalytic Converter Thefts Rise in Santa Barbara County

Thievery matches increased price of precious metal rhodium.

City Votes to Amend Charter Concerning Council Vacancies

The proposed amendment concerning elections must be approved by Santa Barbara voters.

Garden and Haley Closed for Emergency Sewer Repair

Northbound Garden Street closed between Haley and Cota streets.

Former Supervisor Tom Urbanske Dies

He had stayed active in community nonprofits benefitting those in need.