April 5, 2024
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Cabrillo Boathouse renovation project awaiting final approval


The Santa Barbara Planning Commission will review renovation plans for the Cabrillo Boathouse and Pavilion on Aug. 20.

The city-owned historic landmark at 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. has hosted many community programs since its 1926 inception, predominantly on its second floor that overlooks East Beach. The city plans to address failing building systems, which include structural deficiencies, mechanical issues and outdated heating and plumbing. The aging building has been maintained through a piecemeal approach and Jill Zachary, assistant director of the city’s parks department, hopes the renovations will draw more people into the underutilized first floor.

“Everything needs to be upgraded,” Zachary told the Business Times, adding that the first floor hasn’t been updated since the ‘70s. “The ultimate goal is to undertake a major facility renovation with a focus on its interior form and function. We can’t do any of that until it’s structurally sound.”

The city plans to update its showers and gym and build a new portable boardwalk connecting it to East Beach so it can be better used for the many wedding receptions, private parties, corporate meetings, dinners and nonprofit fundraisers it has hosted. Other improvements include new entry stairs, site ramps, an elevator, a first-floor remodel, accessibility upgrades to its promenade, changes to the covered walkway and parking lot enhancements.

The Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks Commission estimated last year the renovations would cost $12 million but the city won’t have a more accurate figure until a final review. The city is using $9 million of the $14 million it has in leftover redevelopment funds, earmarked for projects that were already underway when the agencies dissolved in 2012, Zachary said. Santa Barbara will look to raise the remaining $3 million or so through grants from outside organizations.

The city contracted with Santa Barbara-based KBZ Architects for the project’s design. If the planning commission approves the project and grants a coastal development permit, the city can apply for building permits and put out a bid for construction.

Joining The Collection

The Collection at RiverPark, the 700,000-square-foot open-air mall in Oxnard, will add Luna Grill and General Chow by late next year.

Luna Grill, a casual dining restaurant chain that offers Mediterranean cuisine, is slated to open next summer. General Chow is a modern Chinese restaurant with a full bar that is scheduled to open next fall. It is owned by Michael Kwan, who has 21 restaurants with eight different concepts in Southern California.

Michael Gallivan of U.S. Realty Advisors represented General Chow as their broker.

Industrial park sold

The multi-tenant Hueneme Road Industrial Center in Oxnard was sold for $9.6 million.

Rexford Industrial Reality, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm, purchased the 23-unit facility from a private family trust. Colliers International orchestrated the deal, which was the first time the center changed hands since it was built 30 years ago. Colliers Senior Executive Vice President John DeGrinis, Vice President Patrick DuRoss and Associate Vice President Jeff Abraham brokered the deal.

“The development is strategically located near the deep-water Port of Hueneme,” Abraham said. The 86,904-square-foot development on more than 7 acres of land has experienced nearly full occupancy since its inception.

• Contact Alex Kacik at akacik@pacbiztimes.com.