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.
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.
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.
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.
RRM recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for The Vistas at Pismo Village. This lively mixed-use project sits in the heart of the town of Pismo Beach and captures the “village theme” for the residential and commercial components of the development. Pismo’s eclectic styles are a trademark of this Central Coast community and this project draws from its surrounding coastal beach neighborhood. The Vistas’ architectural styles of California craftsman, seaside modern and early California all contribute to an overall project theme of past, present and future to bring to life the concept of various structures being developed over time. The Vistas includes 32 townhome residential units; half of these are detached on individual lots, the other half attached on individual lots. The three-story townhomes average +/- 1,500 sf of living space. Residence parking is both attached and detached. In addition the commercial component along busy Wadsworth Avenue provides 5,800 sf of retail space and parking with a 1,000 sf residential manager’s apartment above.
By: Scott Martin, LEED AP, Associate
I love Sunday night dinners with my family; it’s a great opportunity to slow down and remember what’s important in life. But a year ago I found myself in a not-so-unique situation. After dinner one evening as my wife put our son to bed I drove across town to return my mother-in-law to her assisted living ”home.” We love that grandma is nearby to see her grandson grow up and be a part of our lives, however her need to give up driving and limited space in our home results in us having to taxi grandma back and forth to accomplish that goal. Deciding we had had enough, we made the decision to move in together, and set off looking for a “multi-generational house.”
After months of searching we became very discouraged at the lack of options available to suit our needs. My wife and I wanted to maintain our social life, and her mom values her privacy just as much as we do, so simply moving into a four- or five-bedroom house was not going to provide the independence we desired. Around the same time, we had clients coming to RRM asking for multi-generational housing plans as options in our housing projects. This combination of experiences led me to research the latest trends in multi-gen housing and see how those could be adapted for the Central Coast lifestyle we love so much.
By Julie Lynem — firstname.lastname@example.org
With a local builder in place, Serra Meadows, the residential neighborhood to be built on Prado Road east of Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, will be under construction in the spring.
Model homes are expected to be available for viewing early next year.
Mangano Homes is now building the neighborhood, after MD2 of Camarillo and Los Angeles-based Resmark Land and Housing, an equity investment capital and asset management firm, decided to end their partnership.
In a statement, Mike Zarola, Resmark’s senior vice president of project management, said MD2 “moved the community forward through a number of significant hurdles and that the agreement with MD2 Homes was ended by mutual agreement.”
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.
By: John Wilbanks
Just coming off of the Fall ULI meeting in Los Angeles, where we once again were saturated with the latest in trends in Real Estate Development by excellent, well prepared speakers, our intent is to leverage this new infusion of knowledge in ways that will benefit our clients, before it simply finds its way into the deep recesses of our minds until the only thing we remember is the opening reception with Brian Wilson’s band blasting out the reminiscent sounds of the famed Beach Boys!