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After 12-Year Battle, Cabrillo Business Park Gets Fresh Start

Goleta groundbreaking marks official start of construction for South Coast's largest business park

Sares-Regis Group president Russ Goodman, right, thanked supporters for their commitment to Cabrillo Business Park during its 12-year odyssey through the planning process. Company vice-president Steve Fedde, center, and Pacifica Commercial Real Estate executive vice president Mark Mattingly provided the project’s visual props.

Sares-Regis Group president Russ Goodman, right, thanked supporters for their commitment to Cabrillo Business Park during its 12-year odyssey through the planning process. Company vice-president Steve Fedde, center, and Pacifica Commercial Real Estate executive vice president Mark Mattingly provided the project’s visual props.  (Max White photo)

By William M. Macfadyen, Noozhawk Publisher |

On land where the lunar rover once roamed, Sares-Regis Group broke ground Thursday on its 965,000-square-foot Cabrillo Business Park. After 12 years in the planning process, the developers could be forgiven for sometimes thinking their project was a moon shot.

“Four score and seven years ago ...” Sares-Regis president Russ Goodman joked to a crowd of three-score people gathered to commemorate the occasion at what will become the South Coast’s largest business park.

Goodman thanked his partners and the business community for their unflagging commitment and support. Then he outlined the circuitous route the project took to shovel-readiness, recounting its start in the Santa Barbara County planning process and later the new city of Goleta.

“The city got built and grew to maturity during this process,” he said. Actually, it would be in second grade now while the developers themselves were receiving a graduate education in application, environmental impact and public review.

The 92-acre complex at the corner of Hollister Avenue and Los Carneros Road was once home to Delco, which used the site, and its facility there, to develop and test military and aerospace equipment, including the lunar rover. But the defense industry began vacating Goleta in the 1980s, and Sares-Regis Group bought the Delco property in 1997.

Sensing a need for larger commercial spaces required for research and development, the company hatched a plan to resurrect the site as a hub for home-grown high-tech firms that are closely tied to nearby UCSB. The result was Cabrillo Business Park, which Bill Watkins, formerly of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, has estimated will conservatively generate $56 million in new tax revenue in its first 10 years and stimulate $2.1 billion in new economic activity.

Steve Fedde, Sares-Regis’ vice president, said the project’s first phase, which is being graded now, includes three buildings and 175,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space along Hollister, west of the Santa Barbara Airport. A 17,000-square-foot retail complex at the corner of Hollister and Los Carneros can include a full-scale restaurant to serve the neighborhood of office buildings.

When completed, Cabrillo Business Park will have 965,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space in the heart of the Hollister Corridor, and convenient to UCSB and the Santa Barbara Airport.
When completed, Cabrillo Business Park will have 965,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space in the heart of the Hollister Corridor, and convenient to UCSB and the Santa Barbara Airport. (Cabrillo Business Park rendering)

Sidewalks will be constructed along Hollister and full traffic signals will be added to the intersections of Hollister and Coromar Drive and Los Carneros and Discovery Drive. Coromar will be the business park’s grand entrance.

While that construction will be plainly visible to Hollister commuters, just as much action will be going on behind the scene, where a large wetland had been neglected for years. The centerpiece of an intricately planned restoration and expansion, the wetland will be surrounded by a 21-acre community park and will itself be protected by bioswales and a detention basin.

In all, 46 percent of Cabrillo Business Park property will remain in landscaped or natural open space, a figure Fedde said he thought was unprecedented in Southern California.

Sares-Regis has already renovated three principal buildings on the west end of the park, totaling 170,000 square feet. Fedde said plans include a site build-out of roughly 70,000 square feet a year for 10 years. As part of the development agreement, Sares-Regis will contribute more than $7 million in traffic mitigation fees to Goleta.

Mayor Roger Aceves — attending the ceremony with the entire City Council: Michael Bennett, Margaret Connell, Ed Easton and Eric Onnen — said he felt a special bond with the complex.

“This is one of the first projects the new council got involved with,” he told Noozhawk, referring to the council majority that was elected in 2006 and granted final approval the following year.

“With that new election, the planning staff knew it had to move forward with a logical, manageable process, and it did,” he said. “It’s a good project for Goleta, to keep our employees hired and to create new jobs.”

Aceves and his fellow council members have considered moving to the property themselves. After two years of studying a proposal to purchase a new City Hall in one of the new buildings, the council voted last month to stay put at the City Hall leased nearby at 130 Cremona Drive. The city maintains a maintenance and storage facility at the business park.

Mark Mattingly, executive vice president of Pacifica Commercial Real Estate, predicted the complex will become the centerpiece of Goleta’s high-tech entrepreneurship.

“Cabrillo Business Park will provide Class A facilities for the area’s growing high-tech firms,” he said. “The availability of large blocks of Class A space is actually very small on the South Coast. This will enable Goleta to keep companies with larger workforces rather than losing them.”

Mattingly and Greg Barthololmew, Pacifica’s associate vice president, are the listing agents for the complex. Click here for more information.

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Digging in for their Cabrillo Business Park photo opportunity Thursday were, from right, Sares-Regis Group's Russ Goodman; Goleta City Coiuncilmen Eric Onnen and Michael Bennett; Sares-Regis' Steve Fedde; City Councilwoman Margaret Connell; Mayor Roger Aceves; Councilman Ed Easton; and Patty Miller, who has overseen the project since its conception, first in a planning position at Santa Barbara County and now as Goleta's planning manager.
Digging in for their Cabrillo Business Park photo opportunity Thursday were, from right, Sares-Regis Group’s Russ Goodman; Goleta City Coiuncilmen Eric Onnen and Michael Bennett; Sares-Regis’ Steve Fedde; City Councilwoman Margaret Connell; Mayor Roger Aceves; Councilman Ed Easton; and Patty Miller, who has overseen the project since its conception, first in a planning position at Santa Barbara County and now as Goleta’s planning manager. (Max White photo)




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» on 10.30.09 @ 11:51 AM

why do our local planners keep allowing this type of development?  Mixed office and residential use would create less traffic and commuting, and would actually give some of the workers a chance at living near their place of employment!  Very short sited…

» on 10.30.09 @ 12:24 PM

Hanging out in these business “parks” is like fasting in the desert.  Why are these inappropriate architectural monstrosities continuing to get built.  Goleta needs more lemon trees and fewer lemons of a business park.  Will it have solar panels?  Edible landscape?  Composting toilets?  Grey water systems?  That is what needs to happen.  The future looks ugly to me if this keeps happening to our earth.

» on 10.30.09 @ 01:32 PM

Many corporations exploit UCSB to siphon corporate welfare and the close proximity of this new business park is attractive for the increased convenience it provides for that purpose.

UCSB has degraded into a corrupt unaccountable mafia brothel where corporate johns lineup to exploit the valuable but cheap taxpayer-subsidized tricks it provides. Soon, with the advent of this new business park, even more corporate customers will live within easy eyeshot of the UCSB academic whorehouse.

One particularly lurid example of UCSB sluttiness is the nanofab cleanroom where parasitic corporations are spared the cost of their own investments in processing equipment and support employees to rent State resources at unbelievably low and possibly criminal prices that undermine the ability of private enterprise to compete.

Some corporations have gained so much influence through their installed and corrupt UCSB faculty and staff agents that they actually have State-owned equipment installed in their private corporate facilities with the dispatch of UCSB staff employees off campus to maintain it.
Some corporations have gained such a controlling foothold in UCSB operations that students are denied access to some university equipment used and modified by such corporations for fear corporate proprietary rights might be compromised. 
Conflict is rife with corporate customers often rudely dominating equipment by swarming the schedule. Bullying of students by corporate thugs has happened and fistfights have nearly resulted.
Many arrogant and corrupt UCSB tenured faculty have so compromised their professional integrities that they violate their sworn Oaths as public servants of California to subordinate California interests to interests of their corporate masters.

It’s unlikely that any corporation has received more UCSB corporate welfare than Cree Lighting Corporation.
Despite Cree being debt-free and very profitable, it has more faculty and staff agents installed at UCSB than any other corporation.
Cree has controlled and exploited the cheap services provided by UCSB more than any other company.
UCSB and California have and continue to lavishly incubate the success of Cree Corporation.
Consequently, it was with extreme disappointment that local elected officials ignored the fact that Cree recently built its new $300 million dollar R&D facility in North Carolina instead of California. Good construction jobs followed by high-salaried technical jobs for employees and consequent tax revenue went to North Carolinians instead of Californians.
California sowed the seed but North Carolina reaped the harvest.

UCSB is an unaccountable, unacceptable, unethical, unelected criminal mafia organization. No university in the history of the World has more disgracefully failed to fulfill its responsibility to the human species and TRUTH more than UCSB. UCSB is utterly contemptible and its complete destruction is honorably justifiable.

» on 10.30.09 @ 01:41 PM

Hey Reality Check and Gigi, maybe you should look at the approved plans before you comment next time.  Looks to me you read the story and think you know everything.  If you would take a little more time to investigate you will see the buildings are equipped for solar paneling.  Who really has edible landscape on there land besides maybe farmers.  get a clue. 
Looks to me this project is exactly what Goleta needs, allow for more technology to come to town rather than chasing them out of California.

» on 10.30.09 @ 01:57 PM

The thought that came to my mind while reading this wasn’t about the environmental impact of the building, but if they can actually fill it in this economic climate. Mixed office and residential? It’s at the end of an active runway.  More lemon trees? The land has been clear for at least two generations. It’s the PERFECT place for a business park, people. Look, I’m a tree-hugger, but you can’t be opposed to all business everywhere. This is essentially an office building. CLEAN business. It’s what we want here. Would you prefer a refinery? If you want to oppose development to open spaces, check out what’s going on in Ellings Park.

» on 10.30.09 @ 02:49 PM

I certainly hope Neil Baker’s comments about UCSB are not widely shared in Goleta—who knows for sure—but in these times publishing a letter advocating its “complete destruction” seems unwise.

» on 10.30.09 @ 02:56 PM

This just proves a project can be built within the 35 feet height limit.  We don’t want or ned vertical high rise development on the South Coast!
Just say No to vertical Smart Growth.  Vote yes on measure B

» on 10.30.09 @ 03:33 PM

My hat is off to Neil Baker.  Identifying the corporations to UCSB connections is important for our community to understand and consider.

» on 10.30.09 @ 04:00 PM

@ Neil - I seem to recall that UCSB is being subsidised by businesses (local and far away) through donations of equipment, money (including taxes), and occasionally even expert teaching staff rather than the other way around. Though obviously these businesses look at the costs involved as investments to be paid back by the ability to hire well-educated new employees some time down the road, you have things completely backwards.

» on 10.30.09 @ 04:02 PM

Impressive project. I do wish however that we would see the construction of some new local housing that can accomodate 10,000 people currently commuting from far a away at a significant social and environmental cost in conjunction with or even ahead of building a facility which will potentially accomodate 10,000 more workers who will no doubt all need a place to sleep at night (no doubt one that is far away so that they will also require new lanes on the freeway or other equivalent new transportation infrastrcuture that somehow never seems to come about).

But I guess that businesses generate more tax revenue per square foot than homes, so the outcome is all but inevitable.

» on 10.30.09 @ 04:05 PM

There is a ton of vacant office space in SB County.

» on 10.30.09 @ 05:07 PM

Vote NO on B!

» on 10.30.09 @ 05:21 PM

@Amazed

Propaganda is very powerful.
UCSB mafia maintains a powerful and unaccountable mafia police force and propaganda machine.
UCSB mafia expends great expense and effort to dress up its mediocrity with propagandized grandiosity.
I suggest that you have embraced such UCSB-foisted misinformation and mythinformation.

Before it had become clear to me why the NASDAQ had crashed from 5040 on March 10, 2000 during the so-called dotcom bubble burst when I still believed the logical installation of ~100Gb/sec optical internet would be installed and cheaply available to average Citizens enabling still-unimaginable wealth-generating applications (think NASDAQ 30,000), I developed a business plan for manufacturing some of the key necessary optical components for such a system. 

Current Zionist media controllers are rightfully paranoid about losing their main television conduit for controlling the minds of their American slaves and therefore sabotaged efforts to install the 100 Gb/sec optical fiber system, possible a decade ago, that would have rendered television obsolete and liberated Citizens with the new ability to transmit high speed, television-quality productions manufactured by individual Citizens in open competition for liberated viewers. Practically overnight, Zionist controlled and monopolized television network propaganda would have ceased to exist as more informative, accurate, insightful and TRUTHFUL transmissions were receivable via the internet from private Citizens or networks of private Citizens.

Anyway, before I knew this, I built a business plan, part of which described the materials-processing equipment necessary for manufacturing the desired optical components. The necessary equipment closely mirrored that owned by UCSB but to do production correctly and legally (as the UCSB charter supposedly prohibits production although companies have been known to violate the law), my company would need its own separate production facility. Back in 2002, I conservatively calculated that I would need about $25million startup capital for space, equipment and staff.

Roughly, therefore, based on my calculation, most corporations using the UCSB nanofab are saving $25million upfront dollars to pay a mere $120/hr. to use the UCSB corporate welfare nanofab. All of those companies,  many in California, are losing equipment sales because corporate fabricators can use the UCSB equipment practically for nothing rather than buying their own. A State-owned facility is undercutting private free enterprise. Closing UCSB’s nanofab would stimulate the economy. Overthrowing Zionist media controllers would send it into overdrive.

Having allegedly invented the blue LED while employed with Nichia Corporation, Shuji Nakamura is the propagandized star player at UCSB along with several deadwood Nobel Laureates but his performance has been disappointing and largely unproductive since selling out to become just another overpaid underachieving UCSB faculty member camped out in the warm, sunny UCSB corporate welfare campground. Affordable LED lighting to replace common incandescent and fluorescent is still far off despite the steady and constant stream of UCSB propaganda.  One can wonder if UCSB mafia actually sabotaged continued technical progress by corrupting Nakamura with an attractive offer designed to stagnate and stifle. Nakamura’s faculty position was financed by Nichia-competitor, Cree Lighting Corporation. The endowment was a mere $2million. It sounds like much money but when you compare it to the amount that UCSB-provided corporate welfare saves Cree, it’s a pittance. My calculation showed UCSB saved Cree a minimum of $25million. Over the years, UCSB welfare has saved Cree even more additional millions of dollars.

UCSB is an unaccountable, unelected, unacceptable, unethical criminal mafia organization. UCSB faculty have committed treason. There is no university anywhere with closer ties to 9/11 homicides. There is no university better qualified to challenge the sham conclusions of a corrupted 9/11 Commission. No university in the history of the World has more disgracefully failed to fulfill its responsibility to the human species and TRUTH more than UCSB. UCSB is utterly contemptible and its complete destruction is honorably justifiable.

» on 10.30.09 @ 06:31 PM

“$56 million in new tax revenue in its first 10 years and stimulate $2.1 billion in new economic activity”

It isn’t like this is going to destroy a pristine open field. Why would we not want this to happen?

» on 10.30.09 @ 06:33 PM

It appears that Gigi and Mr Baker want the area to concentrate on becoming the home of “The Newly Wed and Nearly Dead”!!!
Most cities pursue becoming the home of higher Education facilities for both social and financial reasons.

» on 10.30.09 @ 06:36 PM

Attn Ventura & Lompoc workers:  GET IN YOUR CARS AND DRIVE!!!!  But I really do love the big grin on the real estate guy…I’m gonna bet he didn’t drive in from Lompoc with his shovel on the back seat.

» on 10.30.09 @ 07:21 PM

Awesome. Let’s all get some tin foil hats while we’re at it. There’s some really paranoid schtuff going on here… For heaven’s sake, maybe if we generate some decent paying jobs then people could afford to live here as opposed to commuting.
Next he’ll want to open a shelter for the homeless in the middle of a retail district. Good luck with that.

» on 10.31.09 @ 12:10 AM

This is more square footage than the 100 story John Hancock building in Chicago but in a city of 28,000 people.
It is no wonder that we have gridlock and housing issues.

» on 11.01.09 @ 01:31 PM

More density, more traffic, more wait time at stoplights, pooer quality of life.

» on 11.02.09 @ 02:41 AM

Never thought I’d see the words “zionist” and “optical fiber” in the same sentence!  :)

I think this kind of development is better than putting in a Target. The kinds of jobs a research park could support are way better for the community that what Target could ever offer.

That said, I wonder if Sares-Regis and the City of Goleta have overestimated the park’s potential. Since the early 90’s, local high tech has been in a decline. In fact, one of the current occupants in the Cabrillo Business Park, ATK, recently laid off half its tech staff and likely won’t survive another year. Sure, Citrix has been one of the bright spots, but look most everywhere else and you’ll see an aging demographic that’s just waiting to retire with few new younger techies coming into the community. And why is that? The cost of housing is definitely one factor, and the lack of employment diversity is another (in case it doesn’t work out at the current job). Hopefully, I’ve missed something in this assessment!

» on 11.02.09 @ 08:00 PM

Eastbeach, you missed a lot less than some other commenters. It is true the high tech sector has seen a loss, partly due to high housing costs but mostly due to the decline of industrial America. We seem to prefer being haughty imperialists who want everything that might be dirty (like work) to be done by some other economy, with little understanding that the work we don’t do makes others rich not us. As for this development I have no doubt that they will fill it up eventually, especially if the Bishop ranch goes to houses.
The wealthy retirees are really doing their best to see to it nothing like work happens here. They want the entire area all to themselves. They may eventually get their wish. I only hope their investment strategies can help them out with the enormous cost of such a strategy. As for the comments about density, the John Hancock tower and the rambling discourse on UCSB, talk about making a mountain out of a mole hill!

» on 11.03.09 @ 12:12 AM

AN50 thinks the John Hancock in Goleta is a molehill.  I wonder what he would counsider a significant development?  At least the developers of the Hancock had the foresight to put half their project into housing and the other half into commercial.
AN50 also seems to tink that increasing the size of Goleta by 10% by developing Bishop Ranch is the answer.  But that would not house those who already commute without developing the Cabrillo project.  Secondly if everyone of the 25,000-30,000 commuters moved here we would elimninate 50-60,000 freway trips and replace them with 250,000-300,000 local trips in that the average residence generates ten trips a day.
This is hardly the answer to housing in Goleta.

» on 11.05.09 @ 12:10 AM

View from Bushwood:  Brouha-ha-ha-ha. 

The photo reminds me of something I said once to a young man of modest means who was contemplating law school:

“Son, the world needs ditch diggers too!”

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