RRM Design Group Earns Coveted Gold Nugget Honor

Judges for the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards have named RRM Design Group an Award of Merit winner in their annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence, drawing entries from throughout the United States and internationally. RRM Design Group earned its Merit honor for Moylan Terrace in the category of Affordable Housing Community under 30 density units per acre. Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 23 as a feature highlight of Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC®), the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) and Innovative Housing Solutions hired RRM to design Moylan Terrace, a for-sale, multifamily residential project. The project represents the dream of HASLO’s former Director, the late George Moylan, to make home ownership a reality for low to moderate-income buyers. Of the 80 single-family attached units, all homes are built for buyers who meet the City of San Luis Obispo’s Affordable Housing Guidelines or County of San Luis Obispo Workforce Housing category. The units range in size 797 to 1,722 sf with one, two and three bedrooms and attached one or two-car garages. The project also provides accessible units and one mixed-use building with 750 sf of commercial space and a two-bedroom apartment.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Gold Nugget Awards Judging Chairman and Administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and we look forward to our June 23 celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

Now in its 53rd year, Gold Nugget Awards is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

Gold Nugget Awards: Recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning and development.



Low-Income Senior Housing Project Proposal Gains Santa Barbara Planning Commission OK

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @JECMolina | Published on 02.21.2016 8:30 p.m

An 89-unit affordable housing project for seniors, proposed for a site next to a South Hope Avenue car dealership and alongside Arroyo Burro Creek, won approval last week from the Santa Barbara Planning Commission.

But the project proposal, from the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, sparked a fierce debate over two of the community’s most prized collective values: housing and the environment.

Much of the debate during the nearly six-hour meeting centered on whether the mostly three-story project should be moved to at least 50 feet from the top of the creek bank along the 1.76-acre parcel. As proposed, the project at 251 S. Hope Ave. reaches a distance of 42 feet at its farthest.

“This is not the first affordable or migrating-out-of-foster-home or senior income housing project I have seen where it is put on a challenging site and we are literally forced to make decisions on very serious competing goals,” commissioner Michael Jordan said.

“There will be other people up here who will tell you that if it comes to people in an urban setting versus the creeks that the people will take priority, and I will contend that it is a reasonable stance. But eventually the erosion of the … watershed protections will affect the people, too.”

The commission voted 4-1 to allow the project to move forward, with Jordan in dissent. He said he is “weary” of seeing housing projects proposed on constrained sites with the implication that the commission has no choice but to approve them to satisfy the greater need for affordable housing.

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Santa Barbara Housing Authority Proposes 16-Unit Studio Project for Veterans

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @JECMolina |  Published on 01.05.2016 6:46 p.m.
Local war veterans may soon have a new place to call home

The Santa Barbara Housing Authority has proposed 16 affordable studio units at 813 East Carrillo St., a block from Santa Barbara High School and the Santa Barbara Bowl.

The Housing Authority would demolish a two-story, 1,482-square-foot house currently on the site to build the studios, along with a 589-square-foot community center, a manager’s unit, manager’s office and laundry facility. The units will be available only to war veterans.

The project, which is proposed under the city’s Average Unit Density Incentive Program, received favorable reviews from the Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review on Tuesday.

Members of the public, however, raised concerns about the parking portion of the proposal. The Housing Authority, and architect RRM Design, has proposed eight parking spaces for the 16 studio units.

The site plan for the 16-unit studio housing project includes a community center and manager’s unit.

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Developers respond to aging workforce with senior housing

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By Alex Kacik / Friday, December 18th, 2015
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The Tri-Counties are preparing for the silver tsunami.

The oncoming wave is the surge of the country’s aging workforce. Nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older come 2030, according to the U.S. Census.

There are dozens of housing developments in the pipeline throughout the Tri-Counties that aim to accommodate the rapidly growing demographic.

“The demand for senior housing is pretty significant and will likely continue,” said Winton Berci, an associate at the real estate brokerage company Marcus & Millichap’s Oxnard office.

The city of Santa Barbara’s Architectural Board of Review approved on Dec. 14 a 58-unit affordable senior housing development at 3869 State St. spearheaded by RRM Design Group Principal Detty Peikert.

Peikert is also behind another senior housing development at 251 S. Hope Ave. in Santa Barbara. That project would provide 89 studio apartments for low-income seniors.

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Santa Barbara High-Density Rental Housing Supported by ABR


A high-density rental-housing project on Santa Barbara’s Westside won support from members of the city’s Architectural Board of Review, despite objections from some neighbors of the proposal.

Architect Detlev Peikert brought a scaled-back proposal for 1818 Castillo St. to the ABR last week after the City Council rejected the previous project on appeal in July.

The new project addresses some of the concerns expressed during the first go-around. It has been separated into two separate buildings instead of one long rectangular mass, with eight uncovered parking spaces on site instead of below the building, inside garages.

Much of the three-story elements have been reduced, and the largest portions of the building have been pushed to the back of the property. The tallest part of the building is 35 feet instead of 37 feet.

“What we are looking at today is nothing like the previous project that was successfully appealed,” said ABR chairman Kirk Gradin. “If I were a neighbor, I would be very pleased with the changes that are now being proposed.”

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Groundbreaking Set for Remodel of Goleta Affordable Housing Complex

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) will break ground Aug. 19 on the $18 million renovation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments. Upon completion, 83 units will have been beautifully restored and a new community room constructed in Old Town Goleta.

The project budget allocates $12 million for rehabilitation work and $6 million for new construction, design and engineering costs, along with other fees.

The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference announcing the major rehabilitation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments, 131 S. Kellogg Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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RRM Celebrates at the Ribbon Cutting for Moylan Terrace

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the affordable housing project Moylan Terrace yesterday. This project provides housing options for moderate, low and very low income residents.





AIA Santa Barbara tour: low-income design, affordable rentals

By Lisa Boone, Los Angeles TimesSeptember 25, 2013, 4:53 p.m.

In a fresh take on home tours, the American Institute of Architects’ Santa Barbara chapter has organized an event Oct. 5 highlighting low-income housing as well as affordable rentals for people with special needs.

The self-guided tour of multi-family housing, single-family urban infill, mixed-use and live-work designs in Santa Barbara includes:

  • Casa de Las Fuentes, a 42-unit affordable housing complex with courtyard style studio and one-bedroom units by Peikert & RRM Design Group.
  • The recently completed Bradley Studios, 52 Craftsman-style studio apartments designed for people with special needs.
  • Ensberg Jacobs Design Architects’ addition to a 100-year-old Craftsman.
  • The restoration of the 1926 Vhay-Pedotti Residence and Studio by Peter Becker Architects.
  • Thompson Naylor Architects’ Victoria Garden Mews, which incorporates green systems.
  • AB Design Studio’s adaptive re-use of old warehouse-style buildings in the Funk Zone.
  • A 1,500-square-foot house on a narrow lot on Carrillo Street designed by James Gauer, with Bildsten + Sherwin as architect.
  • The live-work Yanonali Lofts by TCMC/Mayer Architects.
  • El Carrillo, 61 single-occupancy affordable apartments for the formerly homeless and near-homeless by Cearnal Andrulaitis.
  • The Loop, an award-winning, mixed-use student housing project near UC Santa Barbara, by DMA/Mayer Architects.
  • A classic 1920s Spanish-style bungalow remodeled by Ensberg Jacobs Design.
  • Antioch University Urban Campus, designed by Kupiec Architects.
The Urban Living Santa Barbara tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct 5. Tickets are $55 and $65.

Industry News: SB 654 Moves to Assembly

California Senate Supports Working Families with Vote to Protect Funds for Affordable Places to Live Housing California Applauds Vote, as SB 654 Moves to the Assembly

Contact: Karen Naungayan, 916.207.9132

January 31, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) — Today, on the Senate floor in California’s capitol, a bi-partisan majority of state senators voted to protect funding for affordable homes by passing Senator Darrell Steinberg’s SB 654, a bill co-sponsored by Housing California. The final vote was 34-1. Tomorrow’s demise of redevelopment agencies will eliminate $1 billion in annual funding to construct affordable places for the state’s working families and most vulnerable residents. Although not a substitute for the lost annual funds, SB 654 will protect roughly $1.3 billion in existing housing fund balances held by redevelopment agencies.

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