An artist rendering shows remodel plans for Montecito's Coast Village Plaza.

Coast Village Plaza owners released artist renderings last week of renovations underway at the Montecito shopping center. In addition to expanded patios, roofing, and landscaping, the illustrations show a widened staircase connecting the street to the property’s lower level. A revised color scheme, new exterior lighting, and improvements to the driveway and parking lot are also on the horizon.

According to a press release from real estate broker Hayes Commercial Group — charged with leasing three retail and restaurant spaces in the plaza — some trees will be removed during the remodel. “The landscape plan includes planting several new trees onsite, as well as two trees in the median, to mitigate the unavoidable removal of some existing trees as part of renovation.” The project is expected to be complete at the end of this year.

“I am personally excited that these improvements will create a much more inviting and pleasant destination in our community,” said DeJohn in the press release. “This is a thoughtfully developed plan that has been in the works since Hank and Rich bought the property a year and a half ago.”

In 2014, Montecito residents Hank Hurst and Richard Rosin of H&R Investments and Hayes Commercial partner Francois DeJohn bought the 1187 Coast Village Road property for $13 million. The plaza is home to Giovanni’s, the UPS Store, and the Tennis Shop, among other shops and offices.


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