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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Goleta City Council Approves Old Town Village Mixed-Use Development in Kellogg Avenue Area

The Goleta City Council on Tuesday approved plans for a mixed-use project on South Kellogg Avenue.  (RRM Design Group rendering )By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | Published on 10.21.2015 3:34 p.m.The Goleta City Council on Tuesday approved plans for a mixed-use project on South Kellogg Avenue.
Goleta City Council took a second look Tuesday night at approving a new mixed-use development that would bring 175 housing units and retail to Old Town Goleta.The second time was the charm.

With the vote split 3-2, council approved moving the project forward after taking no action on the decision in August.

The difference was Mayor Pro Tem Jim Farr, who was absent at that meeting recovering from a stroke. The council would’ve been deadlocked 2-2 without him.

His “let’s make a deal” approach helped secure funds from the developer to build a future pathway and bridge connecting the Kellogg Avenue project to Hollister Avenue.

To the dismay of nearly two dozen public speakers, that condition pushed the project forward.

Mayor Paula Perotte and Councilman Michael Bennett opposed the development for the same reasons as before — Perotte didn’t see an “overriding need” to change Goleta’s general plan or zoning code, and Bennett wanted to hold out instead for a hotel to be built on the 12 acres of undeveloped urban farmland west of South Kellogg Avenue and Kellogg Way.

Ventura-based developer City Ventures, which had asked for a continuance in Farr’s absence, this week presented council with the same exact design.

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Construction About to Begin on Arlington Village Apartments

Sola Street parking lot squeeze to be first sign of new downtown Santa Barbara rental development project

Arlington Village, to be built on what is now a parking lot on the north side of Santa Barbara’s landmark Arlington Theatre, includes a combination of studio and one- and two-bedroom units in a complex of three-story buildings. The theater’s spire rises in the background of a view from Sola Street. Click to view larger

Arlington Village, to be built on what is now a parking lot on the north side of Santa Barbara’s landmark Arlington Theatre, includes a combination of studio and one- and two-bedroom units in a complex of three-story buildings. The theater’s spire rises in the background of a view from Sola Street. (RRM Design Group rendering)

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @JECMolina |

Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre is about to get a new neighbor — at least 33 of them, in fact.

The owners of the 84-year-old theater at 1317 State St. plan to begin construction on a new rental apartment complex to be built on the parking lot off Sola Street on the north side of the building.

Arlington Village, designed by Peikert Group Architects, which is now part of RRM Design Group, includes a combination of studio and one- and two-bedroom units in three-story buildings.

The project also will have two commercial office spaces on the ground floor and a semi-subterranean parking structure.


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Goleta Planning Commission Approves 175-Unit Mixed-Use Development in Old Town

Plans call for town homes and live-work units, along with a community area for events, community garden and fitness center

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @JECMolina | Published on 07.28.2015 7:07 p.m

Goleta could soon be home to a 175-unit mixed-use project in Old Town, as the Planning Commission Monday night voted 4-0 to allow the project to move forward.

Commissioner Katie Maynard recused herself from the vote because she lives in the area.

“It will be a wonderful project for Old Town,” Planning Commission Chairman Eric Onnen said.

“It provides needed workforce housing and some new commercial space via the shopkeepers’ units.”

The Old Town Village Project plans call for 113 town homes, 34 live-work town homes, 28 shopkeeper town homes, a community center and other park amenities.


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Anderson Burton Celebrates Grand Opening

Anderson Burton Construction recently celebrated the grand opening of their new office located in the Village of Arroyo Grande.

RRM was hired by Anderson Burton Construction to renovate and expand an existing 2,000 sf office building in Arroyo Grande, into a new 4,800 sf corporate office space. The “farm fusion” architectural language that was employed allows the new office building to fit into a transitional part of Arroyo Grande that changes from a residential neighborhood into the Downtown Village. The agrarian or farm portions of the building that resonate with the surrounding residence are fused with the stone entry tower that reflects the historic locally quarried sandstone buildings found throughout the downtown.

MINDBODY expands San Luis Obispo Headquarters

MINDBODY recently celebrated the expansion of their San Luis Obispo headquarters. MINDBODY employees over 850 people, with that number expected to grow in the coming years. Their new facility increased their size by 60% adding 64,000 square feet.

RRM developed the master plan concepts for the 64,000 sf headquarters, featuring a large entry plaza that functions as an outdoor meeting space for the entire campus. Upper floor walkways overlook the atrium lobby, which is a high-volume space with comfortable seating areas. In addition to providing open office areas for workgroups, the building also includes a full-service café, multi-purpose meeting rooms that open out to the plaza, and a day-care facility for employees’ children.

The main entry drive for the campus includes iconic architectural features to help identify the MINDBODY campus. The site also includes landscaped pathways that will connect existing and new office buildings.

Pictures from the event:

Breaking ground: Visalia Fire Station No. 53

Community members and public officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Visalia Fire Station No. 53, which will be built on the southeast corner of W. Walnut Avenue and S. Atwood Street. This new 6,800 sf station will serve the southwest part of Visalia.


Breaking ground: San Luis Obispo Public Market at Bonetti Ranch

The community of San Luis Obispo came out to celebrate the groundbreaking of an exciting and unique project, the San Luis Obispo Public Market at Bonetti Ranch. This mixed use project will preserve and celebrate the history of Bonetti Ranch while providing the community with new commercial, retail and residential uses.

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Los Angeles Regional Fire Station 82 – Annex Facility, receives LEED® Silver Certification


Located in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Regional Fire Station No. 82, new Annex building provides support for Station 82 and the Northern part of Los Angeles by housing specialized emergency equipment and provides the fire department and the Hollywood neighborhood with a community meeting space. Sustainable features includes 30% water reduction, optimize energy performance, diverted 75% of construction waste from the landfill, 10% of all materials used are recyclable and regional to the LA area and California. All building materials are low-voc and contain no added urea formaldehyde.

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Celebrating 40 Years

On November 26th, RRM Design Group celebrated our 40th year in business. Starting with just four employees, we have since grown to a professional staff of over 100 in offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and San Juan Capistrano. We capped off a year of celebrations with a party at our San Luis Obispo office for our clients, consultants, special guests and staff. Thank you to all who attended, and  to all who have helped to make the last 40 years a success.

Please watch this video which was created to celebrate the people, projects, places and culture of RRM Design Group:

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