Thursday, April 19 , 2018, 2:48 pm | Fair and Breezy 68º


Local News

Santa Barbara Planning Commission OKs New Hotel Near East Beach

Proposal calling for 111-room hotel with on-site parking approved on 3-2 vote with 2 commissioners absent

Plans for a new 111-room hotel on this parcel near East Beach were unanimously approved for this parcel by the Santa Barbara Planning Commission. Click to view larger
Plans for a new 111-room hotel on this parcel near East Beach were unanimously approved for this parcel by the Santa Barbara Planning Commission. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

A site plan for a new four-story, 45-foot-tall hotel near the East Beach Batting Cages has been approved by Santa Barbara's Planning Commission.

The project calls for the demolition of two existing commercial buildings at 926 Indio Muerto to reconfigure the layout to allow for a 111-room hotel development, with a roof terrace, ground-floor parking garage with 121 spaces and 39 bike parking spaces.  

The hotel parking will all be provided on site, according to city planner Kelly Brodison.

After a 4-hour hearing earlier this month, the Planing Commission voted 3-2 — with Commissioner Sheila Lodge and John Campanella absent — to approve the 62,541-square-foot hotel building near southbound Highway 101’s North Milpas Street exit ramp.

(An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the project was approved on a 6-0 vote.)

Commissioners approved a coastal-development permit, a plan to allow the construction of 50,431 square feet of net new nonresidential floor area, and a development plan for a transfer of existing development rights for 77 hotel rooms and 18,000-square-foot of nonresidential floor area from 31 W. Carrillo Street and 535 E. Montecito to the project site.

The next steps for the developer, IWF SB Gateway LP, include design approval from the city’s Architectural Board of Review, obtaining an encroachment permit from Caltrans for public and pedestrian improvements within the Caltrans right-of-way, compliance with the conditions imposed on the project by the Planning Commission, and a building permit application, Brodison said.

“I don’t have any significant concerns — except for the pedestrian circulation and safety,” said Commissioner Deborah Schwartz, who supported the design. “Any improvement to pedestrian circulation and safety in this area that encourages more pedestrian activity along Milpas Street and down to the beach is going to improve our economic vitality and the safety of this area.

"This could be the anchor to transforming, in a positive way, and bringing additional residents and businesses to this area.”

Noozhawk staff writer Brooke Holland can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >