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.”