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Local News: Mixed-use development slated for downtown Santa Barbara

June 07, 2019

News reports from Pacific Coast Business Times and Santa Barbara Independent

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Santa Barbara, California – Published 6/6/2019
By Staff Report
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Radius Commercial Real Estate, in partnership with Southern California developer KIBO Group, will build a three-story, mixed-use development in downtown Santa Barbara at 214-226 E. De La Guerra St. just east of Santa Barbara Street, according to a June 5 news release.

The project includes 26 apartment units, a 5,500-square-foot office space on the first floor and underground parking. In addition to construction of the main office and apartment building, the project will include upgrades to two historical homes on the property, which will serve as residential rental units.

“A few years ago we were simply looking to find new office space downtown to suit the growth of our company, but this solution just felt like the right fit, location and timing for us and for the community,” said Radius General Manager Brian Johnson in the release.

Funding comes from Radius, KIBO and a small group of local investors, the release stated. Radius will occupy the entire 5,500-square-foot commercial space on a 10-year lease. Upon completion, Radius will move its full Santa Barbara operations from its current two-story space at 205 E. Carrillo St., located just a few blocks north of the new property. Radius also maintains an office in Ventura.

Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks and projected to take about 18 months with completion in early 2021.

Johnson highlighted KIBO’s regional reputation for high quality developments, including the Montecito Plaza and residential developments in Montecito and Santa Barbara.

“We love our space but our team is excited to finally be able to spread out on the same floor,” Johnson said.

New Homes and Office to Begin Construction on East De la Guerra Street

Santa Barbara, California – Published 6/5/2019
By Delaney Smith
Rendering
Rendering of multi-use building in downtown Santa Barbara

Construction on a three-story building combining 26 apartment units with 5,500 square feet of office space is set to be complete in early 2021 at 214-226 East De la Guerra Street. According to the press release, the multi-use building will also include underground parking and will be occupied by Radius Commercial Real Estate, which developed it in partnership with the Southern California developer KIBO Group.

“A few years ago we were simply looking to find new office space downtown to suit the growth of our company, but this solution just felt like the right fit, location, and timing for us and for the community,” said Radius general manager Brian Johnson in the release. Radius currently occupies a two-story building at 205 East Carrillo Street but will move upon completion of the De la Guerra Street project.

The development plan includes renovating two “historically significant homes” on the property, which will also serve as residential rental units, in addition to the construction of the main office and apartment building. Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks.

 

 

New Mixed-Use Project Brings 26 Apartments Downtown

Santa Barbara, California – Published 6/7/2019
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New Mixed-Use Project Brings 26 Apartments Downtown

Radius Commercial Real Estate announced plans for a new 3-story, mixed-use development in downtown Santa Barbara near De La Guerra and Santa Barbara Streets, in partnership with renowned Southern California developer KIBO Group. The project includes 26 apartment units, a 5,500 SF first floor office space and underground parking.

“A few years ago we were simply looking to find new office space downtown to suit the growth of our company, but this solution just felt like the right fit, location and timing for us and for the community,” said Radius general manager Brian Johnson.

Radius and KIBO joined forces to put together a plan for development and renovation of existing structures on the site. In addition to construction of the new main office and apartment building located at 214-226 E. De La Guerra St. just east of Santa Barbara Street, the project will include upgrading two historically significant homes on the property which will also serve as residential rental units. “This property was underutilized with immense potential for development in a core downtown location,” said Radius principal Brad Frohling.

The city’s AUD program was a key impetus in spurring Radius principals to move in the direction of new development, according to Johnson. “Moving through this process has been a unique experience for us having represented many local clients in brokering property for this kind of use,” he said. “It’s rewarding to be a part of the solution to help keep Santa Barbara and downtown vital. Now that we have permits pulled we’re ready to see this thing through.”

Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks and projected to take about 18 months with completion in early 2021.

The project partnership includes a combination of Radius, KIBO and a small group of local investors. Radius will occupy the entire 5,500 sq. ft. first floor commercial space on a 10-year lease. The remainder of the property will include a 2,400 SF storage space; 25 one-bedroom and one two-bedroom market-rate apartments; and a below-ground parking garage with ample parking for all tenants.

“We’re honored to be working alongside the team at KIBO who have a reputation for creating high quality, innovative developments in the region,” said Johnson. Among KIBO’s award winning projects is the Montecito Plaza, more commonly referred to by its prominent restaurant, The Honor Bar, in addition to residential developments in both Montecito and Santa Barbara.

Upon completion, Radius will move its full Santa Barbara operations from its current two-story space at 205 E. Carrillo St., located just a few blocks north of the new property. Radius also maintains an office in Ventura.

“We love our space but our team is excited to finally be able to spread out on the same floor,” said Johnson.

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