Nine apartments are offered on the site of what is today a single family home and garage in the Eastside of Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Architecture Review Board reviewed the project at Monday’s meeting and gave the project mostly positive support, but suggested a few design changes primarily based on appearance.
The new buildings would be in an artisan bungalow style, with a single storey facing the street and the rear buildings rising to two storeys.
The project is proposed for 210 S. Volunntario St.
“I have a good feeling,” said David Black, board member. “He looks good. I know this neighborhood well. I think these buildings would fit well into the neighborhood.
The units would be small, with one studio, four one-bedroom units, and four two-bedroom units. The studio would measure 407 square feet and the larger two-bedroom unit would measure 822 square feet. The average unit size of all units would be 612 square feet.
Eight of the units would be rented at market rates, but one of the one bedroom units would be rented to people who qualify as very low income.
The project is offered under the city’s Average Unit Density Incentive Program, which was approved in 2013, and allows developers to stack multiple apartments on smaller lots in exchange for building more. rental units.
One of the concerns of the program, however, is that the new apartments are not affordable and are too small for active, middle-class families who cannot afford a home in Santa Barbara.
The units have no price restrictions, so the owners rent out the units at what the market will bear, which in Santa Barbara is out of reach for many people. To address the issue, in 2019, the city adopted a 10% inclusive housing requirement for new units.
Developers and city officials have suggested that the rental apartments are home to millennials and young professionals who don’t drive cars, walk, or take the bus to work and the downtown nightlife. city, and do not need a lot of yard or open space in apartment projects. where they live. Critics, however, argue that the density of construction in neighborhoods makes parking problems worse.
Five parking spaces are proposed for the project on Volunntario Street.
The city is also facing increasing pressure from the state to allow developers and homeowners to build homes without a design review. The state’s housing shortage has forced lawmakers to pass bills allowing people to build duplezes on their single-family lots.
Richard Six, a member of the Architectural Board of Review, said the style of the Volunregon Street project “is very successful and compatible with the neighborhood”.