February 11, 1998 |
Construction has begun on a $45-million community retail and entertainment project near UC Santa Barbara that will include a park and other recreational facilities. The 83-acre Camino Real project south of Highway 101 in the unincorporated Santa Barbara County community of Goleta will rank as one of the largest retail developments in the area, according to Mark Linehan, owner of Wynmark, the Santa Barbara-based real estate firm developing the project.
December 25, 1997 |
After nearly 18 years of delays, lawsuits and regulatory scrutiny, preliminary groundwork has begun on a 400-room, $200-million hotel and spa to be situated northwest of Goleta in Santa Barbara County. The controversial Santa Barbara Club Resort & Spa is expected to open in about two years, according to Adco Group, the New York firm that owns the 73-acre site.
January 2, 1995 |
Ellwood Shores, where hawks forage in the fields and monarch butterflies winter in the eucalyptus groves, seems an unlikely battleground. But this tranquil coastal mesa is a prime development site, commanding a 360-degree view of the sea, tawny grassland and the deep green of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
May 5, 1993 |
With its purple wildflowers, red foxes and great blue herons, the Ellwood Shores area seems an idyllic coastal refuge. But a 254-acre mesa here is the site of a contentious battle over growth along the seaside bluffs northwest of Santa Barbara. "It's a political hot potato that's burning a lot of us up," said one resident.
June 3, 1991 |
Many Southern Californians expressed little sympathy for drought-weary Santa Barbara as water rates tripled, lawns turned brown and vegetation withered and died. Santa Barbara deserved its fate, critics of the city's water policy said. Residents had the chance to obtain an additional water supply in 1979, but rejected it when they voted against tying into the State Water Project, partly to control growth. Now residents have another chance--a final chance--for state water.
February 26, 1991 |
While much of the rest of the country hunkers through these recession-like times and the state copes with its most severe drought in decades, a building boom is about to occur in this isolated hamlet in northern Santa Barbara County. Residents of this former company town have worried about a growth-limiting water shortage for more than 30 years, but now things are looking up.