Construction About to Begin on Arlington Village Apartments

Construction About to Begin on Arlington Village Apartments Next to Landmark Theater

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.

At their highest point, the new buildings are 40-foot, 2-inches tall.

The development will force at least 125 people to find parking elsewhere.

Santa Barbara Valet Inc., which manages the private parking lot, recently mailed notices to its customers — most of them employees of nearby businesses, including Noozhawk — informing them that the lot will be closed after Nov. 1.

Some customers lease monthly spaces while local shoppers and restaurant and theater patrons pay hourly rates to park in the lot. Now, they’ll have to use municipal lots, street parking or make other arrangements.

“For some people it’s more emotional than anything,” said John Dewilde, owner of Santa Barbara Valet. “People have been parking there for a long time.”

The project developers plan to pull a building permit in a week, and expect to begin site preparation early next month. Construction crews will follow.

Trent Lyon, project manager for Arlington Village, said construction staging crews won’t need the entire site, adding that some parking spaces will remain available near Chapala Street, even during the buildout.

Arlington Village, being developed by the Corwin family, the owners of the Arlington Theatre, is intended to be all rental apartments, along with two ground-floor commercial office spaces and a semi-subterranean parking structure. Click to view larger

Arlington Village, being developed by the Corwin family, the owners of the Arlington Theatre, is intended to be all rental apartments, along with two ground-floor commercial office spaces and a semi-subterranean parking structure. (RRM Design Group rendering)

When completed, the project’s parking structure will contain 42 spaces, with another 49 surface spots. Of the 91 total spaces, 35 will be reserved for residents with 56 available to the public.

“They are going to rebuild a bunch of the parking at some point,” Dewilde said. “People will be able to get back there.”

The construction project, expected to last about 14 months, follows the recent completion of the Santa Barbara Public Market and Alma del Pueblo housing development on the same block.

Lyon said Arlington Village developer Bruce Corwin, whose family owns the Arlington Theatre and Metropolitan Theatres, chose to build rentals instead of selling the property because he has deep attachment to the site. Corwin also believes that the city needs downtown rental units.

The development also will have a full-time site manager.

“The property is very dear to them,” Lyon said of the Corwins. “It’s an iconic piece of property. They never want to sell it. It is going to be a beautiful building.”

Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at . Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook

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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.

The Vistas at Pismo Village

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.


Multi-Generational Housing Hits Home

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.”photo

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.

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