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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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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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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RRM in the news: Laetitia winery to build homes

Laetitia winery wants to build up to 101 homes in rural Nipomo

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune (
By: Kaytlyn Leslie
April 27, 2015

A new housing development is in the works on the Laetitia Vineyard and Winery property in rural Nipomo, though it will likely be three to five years before any homes are built.

According to planning documents submitted to the county, Laetitia’s owners are proposing to build an agricultural cluster — similar to the Biddle Ranch and Edna Ranch housing projects elsewhere in San Luis Obispo County — that would potentially bring up to 101 new homes to the area.

About 1,802 acres out of the 1,910-acre property would be preserved with open space agreements, with the homes and other development taking up the remaining 108 acres.

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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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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.





KCOY Wake Up Central Coast: Your Home

RRM Architect, Randy Russom, was featured on the “Your Home” segment of the KCOY morning show, Wake Up Central Coast.  Randy talks about when to bring an architect on board for your remodel or new home project.

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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.

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