••• Caltrans, SBCAG, et al press release: “The Santa Claus Lane Bikeway Project will begin construction after Labor Day and will continue through the summer of 2023. The project will create a new class I and multi-use trail to connect Santa Claus Lane to Carpinteria Avenue. This will fill a gap in the California Coastal Trail between Sand Point Road and Carpinteria Avenue. The new bike path will be constructed between the 101 freeway and the train tracks. There will be has more information on SBRoads.com, including this: “As part of the bikeway project, the intersection of Carpinteria Avenue and Estero Street will be updated with new crosswalks, signage, landscaping, curbs and gutters and cycle paths.At the western end of the project, a new vehicular turn will be constructed at the end of Santa Claus Lane.
••• Metropolitan Theaters ran an ad in the Independent stating that it would renovate the Paseo Nuevo and Camino Real cinemas with “luxury seating”, “new concessions”, a “full bar” and an “expanded menu of food and drink”. Bring better seats, sure, but I’d trade the food and drink for a deep clean.
••• The folks at Reid’s Appliances on Gutierrez say construction is finally about to begin on the large apartment complex next door. Here is the August 2020 Santa Barbara News-Press description, which I believe is still accurate: Anacapa St., a voluntary lot amalgamation to combine the three lots and construction of a new 84 units and four floors on the east parking lot. Last I heard, it includes an outpost of The Pad climbing gym in the State Street building.
••• Since we are talking about new apartment buildings, a “4-story 36-unit mixed-use development” at 932 De La Vina (sAt the South-East corner of Carrillo, where Jiffy Lube is located) appears before the Historic Monuments Commission on Wednesday. MW Architects’ design could be worse, but the blank expanses of curb-level wall are a drag.
••• Interesting commercial property for rent: 22 W. Mission Street, where there is a “tiled foyer with hardwood floors in 2 private offices and the great room. Excellent space for retail, office, wellness and more. There is a sunny brick patio at the entrance creating a lovely outdoor space to enjoy sunny days.”
••• Currently at the Marcia Burtt gallery: ornament in naturewhich includes this feisty little 5″x5″ painting of Dana Hooper.
••• I finally arrived at the My Pet Ram gallery, one of the funkiest spaces in the Funk Zone. Owner Marcello Ricci said he will be installing another show now than the first, Double, has finished. I wish I had made a move on Dan Levenson’s “Patty Beer,” below.
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