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Santa Barbara gets a bit greener with new City Ventures project

By   /  Monday, November 15th, 2010  /  Columns, Green Coast, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara gets a bit greener with new City Ventures project

Santa Barbara is now home to the largest green development of single-family homes in the country. Santa Ana-based developer City Ventures broke ground Nov. 10 on a 48-townhome project in Santa Barbara’s East Beach area. Dubbed the Santa Barbara East Beach Collection, the project is striving for LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Read More →

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Entitlements done, Investec finds $10M exit from Carpinteria property

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Entitlements done, Investec finds $10M exit from Carpinteria property

The 12-acre residential portion of Carpinteria’s Lagunitas mixed-use project recently sold for $10 million, a move the seller says frees it up to focus on what it does best. “I am not as enamored with building as I am with entitling and getting things approved,” Ken Slaught, president of Investec Real Estate Companies, told the Read More →

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Downtown’s starring role: Atascadero will get new movie theater, retail center

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Features, Real Estate, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Downtown’s starring role: Atascadero will get new movie theater, retail center

Atascadero’s small-town days may be numbered. The city of 28,000 people has several large developments in the pipeline, including its $13 million Colony Square project, which would bring 14,000 square feet of retail space and 10 movie screens to the currently theater-less city. Plans for a 130,000-square-foot Wal-Mart are about halfway through the environmental review Read More →

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Editorial: Ventura on right road to revive auto mall

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Ventura on right road to revive auto mall

Apart from a half-abandoned exurban subdivision, there’s no clearer physical symbol of the Great Recession than the American auto mall. Carmakers both foreign and domestic have shut dealerships from coast to coast, leaving acres of empty concrete. The effects in the Tri-Counties have been relatively mild, but there are still plenty of vacant auto mall Read More →

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Betting on a windfall: A new kind of project for Paso Robles

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Features  /  Comments Off on Betting on a windfall: A new kind of project for Paso Robles

Windfall Farms may one day be to Paso Robles what Montecito is to Santa Barbara — an enclave for millionaire retirees and the weekend wealthy. But the San Luis Obispo County version has a few extra country charms thrown in, like alfalfa fields, grazing cattle, wine grapes and Kentucky-style horse facilities. The 724-acre Windfall Farms Read More →

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A new addition to Santa Barbara’s courthouse corridor

By   /  Monday, October 18th, 2010  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on A new addition to Santa Barbara’s courthouse corridor

As one of the only ground-up buildings to be constructed in Santa Barbara’s downtown core in years, the new law office complex at 1100 Santa Barbara St. is something of an anomaly. Also rare is the $1.3 million price tag and eight-month construction time line — the 6,000-square-foot project was under budget and ahead of Read More →

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FPPC approves Copeland fine

By   /  Thursday, October 14th, 2010  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on FPPC approves Copeland fine

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission fined San Luis Obispo businessmen James and Thomas Copeland and banker David Booker $80,000 at its Oct. 14 meeting for violating the state Political Reform Act. The Copelands and Booker are accused of staging a secret and illegal campaign in 2006 to block rancher Ernie Dalidio’s development plans. The five-member Read More →

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