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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RRM CEO selected as a “Who’s who in Clean Tech & Sustainability”

The Pacific Coast Business Times (PCBT) annually names the “Who’s Who in Clean Tech & Sustainability” for the tri-county area (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura). RRM’s CEO, Erik Justesen was once again named to this list.

The PCBT uses this list to recognize the regional leaders in alternative energy, green building and sustainable practices.


Meet two unique skateboard parks: One is a work of art, the other is… nirvana

From the LA Times:

SLO Skatepark is a dream come true for skaters who have tired of the monotonous white-on-white concrete landscape of most skateboard parks. The $2.2-million skatepark, funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation, it is large and features many creative elements.

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RRM Announces New Principal

Lief McKay has recently been named a principal at RRM Design Group.  As a member of RRM’s landscape architecture team, Lief brings his extensive knowledge, portfolio, and encouraging leadership style to his new role.

Lief started with RRM as a summer intern and after graduating college was asked to join the landscape architecture team. Lief has spent his 17 year career at RRM Design Group building an extensive portfolio of projects for both public and private clients, in a diverse range of project types including parks, trails, and open space, fire stations and residential projects. Lief’s excellent design and technical skills are complemented by his expertise at project management and community outreach.


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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 Design Group hires well known San Luis Obispo planner

RicciRRM Design Group hires well known San Luis Obispo planner, Pam Ricci. Pam brings with her extensive planning experience, having worked for the City of San Luis Obispo’s Community Development Department for the past 30 years. Her perspective from the other side of the desk will add value to theirr private and public clients, enriching RRM’s multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, planners, civil engineers, structural engineers, and surveyors.

As a senior planner for the City of San Luis Obispo, Pam oversaw many major projects, including Chinatown, Garden Street Terraces, Court Street, Railroad Square, SLO Promenade, Serra Meadows, Madonna Plaza redevelopment, SESLOC, and MINDBODY. At RRM, Pam will be working with project teams, offering insights into site planning, land use, ordinance requirements, policy analysis, and project entitlements.

“RRM is very fortunate to have the skills, experience, and passion that Pam has brought to her work in planning over the last 30+ years. She brings to our team a level of strategy, commitment to quality, and knowledge of the local planning environment that is rare to find and will be of great value to our clients,” Erik Justesen, President + CEO of RRM stated.

Pam Ricci, AICP

RRM in the news: Boulevard ad hoc committee gets down to business

From the Thousand Oaks Acorn:
Boulevard ad hoc committee gets down to business
By Anna Bitong

City leaders began discussions about how to jump-start the revitalization of Thousand Oaks Boulevard this week.

One idea: to allow more onstreet parking along the thoroughfare.
Councilmember Andy Fox presented the idea June 22 at City Hall during the first meeting of an ad hoc committee formed to help guide the redevelopment of the boulevard according to the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan, adopted by the council in 2011.

Also at the meeting: Councilmember Al Adam, City Manager Scott Mitnick, Community Development Director John Prescott, Economic Development Manager Haider Alawami and City Attorney Tracy Noonan.

Fox asked the committee to observe what other cities have done to create a pedestrian-friendly downtown and how they manage traffic. A goal of the specific plan is to create a thriving downtown with mixed use that encourages people to walk, shop and eat at businesses along the boulevard.

“We want a neighborhood feel right on the 50-yard line, across from the Civic Arts Plaza,” Fox said, adding, “The misnomer was this (downtown) was going to be three miles of the boulevard, and that’s clearly not what’s going to happen.”

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Balboa Village Revitalization Program wins APA Award

The City of Newport Beach won a 2015 Award of Merit in Economic Planning and Development for the Balboa Village Revitalization Program from the Orange Section of the American Planning Association (OC APA).

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RRM Design Group hires new planner and bolsters zoning code experience

Miller-FinalRRM Design Group recently welcomed Martha Miller, AICP to their team of professionals. Martha is a Principal Planner who specializes in zoning regulations and community planning. Her other experience includes coastal planning, TOD planning, healthy communities, urban agriculture, and environmental planning.

Martha brings over 15 years of experience as a planner, working with public and private clients throughout California. She takes a holistic approach to planning, integrating policies, regulations, and environmental considerations, so the final product reflects innovative land use policies and urban design concepts. With an increased demand for modern, user-friendly, well-illustrated zoning and development codes, along with her passion for zoning, Martha will lead these efforts in RRM’s Urban Planning Group.

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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.

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