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RRM Named as a “Best of Houzz 2016 – Design” Winner

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Description of the award from Houzz:
The people have spoken. Or in the case of the Best of Houzz awards, the people have clicked. We recently counted how many times the more than 25 million monthly Houzz users clicked to add a photo to an ideabook in 2014. The professionals with the most popular of those photos — the most added to user ideabooks — earned a Best of Houzz 2015 badge that they can display on their profile pages. If you see a badge on a professional’s profile page, that means one of his or her designs generated a lot of buzz in the Houzz community last year.

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Santa Barbara Housing Authority Proposes 16-Unit Studio Project for Veterans

By Joshua Molina, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @JECMolina |  Published on 01.05.2016 6:46 p.m.
Local war veterans may soon have a new place to call home

The Santa Barbara Housing Authority has proposed 16 affordable studio units at 813 East Carrillo St., a block from Santa Barbara High School and the Santa Barbara Bowl.

The Housing Authority would demolish a two-story, 1,482-square-foot house currently on the site to build the studios, along with a 589-square-foot community center, a manager’s unit, manager’s office and laundry facility. The units will be available only to war veterans.

The project, which is proposed under the city’s Average Unit Density Incentive Program, received favorable reviews from the Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review on Tuesday.

Members of the public, however, raised concerns about the parking portion of the proposal. The Housing Authority, and architect RRM Design, has proposed eight parking spaces for the 16 studio units.

The site plan for the 16-unit studio housing project includes a community center and manager’s unit.

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Sapwi Trails a priority for CRPD chair

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From the Thousand Oaks Acorn:
By Andy Nguyen, andy@theacorn.com

Longtime American Youth Soccer Organization coach and referee Chuck Huffer is eager to kick off his first term as chair of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s board of directors.

Huffer was selected chair by his fellow board members at their Dec. 17 meeting. The term lasts one year.

“I’m excited about doing this. I’ve been on the board now for 3 ½ years and had the chance to work with some really fine board members,” said Huffer, who takes over for departing chair Ed Jones.

A priority under his chairmanship will be the continued progress of Sapwi Trails, Huffer said.

Although the 145-acre park in the Lang Ranch area isn’t expected to fully open until 2018, a disc golf course and an area for flying motorless glider planes is planned to be in operation sometime in 2016.

In November the CRPD approved a contract amendment with San Luis Obispo-based RRM Design Group to begin drawing up construction plans for the parcel of land that’s bordered by Erbes Road, Avenida de Los Arboles and Westlake Boulevard. Once the park is completed it will include miles of multi use trails, a track for mountain bikes and a playground area.

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Developers respond to aging workforce with senior housing

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By Alex Kacik / Friday, December 18th, 2015
Link to article: http://www.pacbiztimes.com/2015/12/18/developers-respond-to-aging-workforce-with-senior-housing/

The Tri-Counties are preparing for the silver tsunami.

The oncoming wave is the surge of the country’s aging workforce. Nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older come 2030, according to the U.S. Census.

There are dozens of housing developments in the pipeline throughout the Tri-Counties that aim to accommodate the rapidly growing demographic.

“The demand for senior housing is pretty significant and will likely continue,” said Winton Berci, an associate at the real estate brokerage company Marcus & Millichap’s Oxnard office.

The city of Santa Barbara’s Architectural Board of Review approved on Dec. 14 a 58-unit affordable senior housing development at 3869 State St. spearheaded by RRM Design Group Principal Detty Peikert.

Peikert is also behind another senior housing development at 251 S. Hope Ave. in Santa Barbara. That project would provide 89 studio apartments for low-income seniors.

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Pacific Beach planners prepare for Balboa Avenue trolley station

The first public meeting of the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan will take place at the Pacific Beach Library Community Room on Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

The planning area surrounds the Mid-Coast Trolley Station proposed on Balboa Avenue and includes Mission Bay Drive, the neighborhood between Rose Creek and Mission Bay Drive and the area east of Mission Bay Drive to I-5 in Pacific Beach as well as area east of I-5 in Clairemont. This encompasses all land between Rose Creek in Pacific Beach and Morena Boulevard in Clairemont.

“The City of San Diego Planning Department is working with RRM Design Group and Circulate San Diego to engage the Pacific Beach and Clairemont communities to prepare the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan,” said senior city planner Michael Prinz. “The specific plan will guide the design of future development and identify streetscape and multi-modal improvements to enhance bicycle, pedestrian, and transit access to the planned trolley station.”

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Santa Barbara High-Density Rental Housing Supported by ABR

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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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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.

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