Site selection for the new Police Station involved providing updates to City boards and commissions, a series of public outreach meetings, and conversations with the community throughout fall 2018. This thorough process illustrated the complexity of finding a suitable site in the Downtown corridor and explained the criteria considered for each potential site. Two locations emerged from this effort, and after comprehensive analysis, the Cota Commuter Lot appears to meet all site criteria and presents fewer challenges than a second location that met many of the criteria, the Louise Lowry Davis Center/Spencer Adams Park property.
Before presenting a recommendation to City Council for the Cota Commuter Lot, City staff will address displacement of the Farmers’ Market, which is currently held at this site. Relocating the Farmers’ Market to De La Guerra Plaza is the preferred option of the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market Association. City staff are in the beginning stages of seeking input from the community and key stakeholders to develop a concept plan to revitalize De La Guerra Plaza that will meet the needs of today and the future.
This is an encouraging opportunity to revitalize the historic De La Guerra Plaza while providing a home for the popular Farmers’ Market. The selection process will culminate in summer 2019 with a concept plan for De La Guerra Plaza and a site recommendation for the Police Station. Subscribe to receive email updates for this project at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/SBPDStation.