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Development Proposed at Dublin’s Location

This Friday there will be a Santa Barbara County public hearing for a new building proposal in Isla Vista that plans to establish a mixed-use, commercial hotel and residential structure at the current location of Dublin’s bar and Precious Slut tattoo shop.

The meeting will discuss the conceptual review of the mixed use project by The Nest Isla Vista LLC, which would prospectively build 12,513 square feet of commercial space, 8,400 square feet of hotel space and 11,632 square feet of residential space at 910 Embarcadero del Norte. During the hearing, The Nest Isla Vista LLC architect Jeff Shelton will present the building floor plan and hand out booklets outlining the building’s form and function.

According to Associated Students External Vice President for Local Affairs Alex Moore, some students feel as though the The Nest Isla Vista’s latest project proposal is reminiscent of large corporate establishments such as The Loop and ICON, which he said students feel do not fit “the character of Isla Vista.”

“Generally, those properties are incredibly expensive and … I don’t feel like they feel like it fits the price character of Isla Vista,” Moore said. “It’s essentially very, very out of place and not really a part of the Isla Vista students think of when they are talking about their home.” But according to Shelton, a Santa Barbara native and architect for the project, he does not intend to mar the I.V. landscape and instead hopes to model the building with the spirit of I.V. in mind.

“I grew up in this town, so I understand. I was out in I.V. during the bank burning [in 1970] … and I love the I.V. culture,” Shelton said. “Is it going to change ultimately? If it’s well-planned, then yes. If it’s just a commercial job that’s not paying attention to kids, then I am concerned about culture and about IV.”

Shelton also said that while he values the distinct culture inherent in I.V., progress is inevitable.

“In truth, it’s a laid-back kind of little place right now,” Shelton said. “Is it forever going to freeze and stay like that? Nothing usually does freeze. But if it does grow up, hopefully we can keep it fun. I just want the corner to be a great lively corner and not congested.”

Despite what he alleges are widespread student concerns about the massive developmental changes in I.V., Moore said he looks forward to assessing the situation during Friday’s meeting and is staying skeptical to the The Nest Isla Vista’s plans.

“If he says he’s open to collaboration and hearing about students’ needs and student desires for that space, then hopefully we can work with him,” Moore said.


A version of this story appeared on page 3 of Thursday, February 6, 2014′s print edition of the Daily Nexus.

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5 Responses to Development Proposed at Dublin’s Location

  1. Austin Reply

    February 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    What a poorly written article. Yes this is messed up, but why couldn’t you have taken 5 minutes and figured out where and when meeting was going to be held so readers could actually do something about this?!

  2. Bob Sumner Reply

    February 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This morning I emailed Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr and her assistant Esther Agillera for the location and time of this meeting but haven’t received a reply.

    Anothere classic example of the self entitled “Haves” pulling a fast one on the “Have Nots”.

    The parcel of land measures 120 X 120 feet http://sbcassessor.com/assessor/maps_pdfs/07512.pdf which gives a maximum available foot print of 14,400 sq. ft. The developer plans on putting up
    32,545 sq. ft. which means the building will be at least 3 stories high.
    There is no mention of providing parking which one would think would be an issue.

    They can also argue that they will be creating jobs but you can be sure that the most dangerous street intersection in IV will be a nightmare for quite some time due to demolition of existing structures and new construction (underground utility upgrades, cement trucks, all the various trades needing parking while working, etc.).

    Just one more dagger into the communities heart for the sake of greed, ego and more taxes for the corrupt Santa Barbara County government.

    • Bob Sumner Reply

      February 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      Doreen Farr did email me later in the day with some information.

  3. robertmclangston Reply

    February 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

    The Brown Act which demands by law a 72 hour notice of
    The developers have now violated the Brown Act by not
    giving enough notice of the meeting and also by not
    telling the people where the meeting is to take place.
    This is just more law breaking by this type of people.
    Affordable housing must first and foremost be implemented.
    Not another unwanted big city type mess.
    It has nothing at all to do with progress.
    Karen and Robert McLangston.

  4. Bob Sumner Reply

    February 6, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Another development planned to squeeze more taxes out of IV and give us the complete opposite of the affordable housing we need? So where’s the meeting and at what time please? Is the meeting closed to the community? Is one day’s notice to our community adequate for this meeting?

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