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De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Project

Why this Project?

De La Guerra Plaza was designated a Public Square in 1853 and has since served as Santa Barbara’s center of town. In addition to serving as a civic center, it has provided the location for the original Police and Fire Stations. It is the venue for political activism and events including Old Spanish Days. De La Guerra Plaza presents an opportunity for the City to revitalize and reactivate its center of town. A revitalized Plaza will involve expanding the available space by making structural and aesthetic improvements to better serve the community’s arts and cultural events throughout the year.

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What's Happening

Parking Options at the Plaza

February 26, 2020 

The De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Project held an Advisory Committee Meeting on January 23rd, 2020, in City Hall (Room 15) to continue the conceptual design discussion, specifically the parking options, with staff and RRM Design Group, the architectural firm for the project. Several conceptual parking options were reviewed in order to facilitate a discussion over how much parking the Committee contends will meet the need of the Plaza and the surrounding businesses. The Advisory Committee reached the consensus to eliminate parking within the U-shaped portion of the Plaza and to continue to study the right of way and parking options on De La Guerra Street. Additionally, consensus was reached to remove the curbs and create a single level surface from building to building without replacing the lawn area. Here is a link to the meeting minutes and visual presentation shown at the meeting > LINK.

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De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Design Advisory Committee, November 8, 2019, meeting update

November 18, 2019 

It is exciting to finally be underway and meet with the Advisory Committee for the revitalization of De La Guerra Plaza. The De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Project is finally happening with funding from Measure C and the support of the community, and this Committee is tasked with guiding staff and architects to develop conceptual drawings.

The first order of business was to elect a Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee. The Chair is Councilmember Kristen Sneddon, and the Vice Chair is Commissioner Lesley Wiscomb (Planning Commission). City Administrator Paul Casey framed the purpose of the Committee.

Please see the link to the Advisory Committee’s meeting minutes to read more.

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First meeting of the De La Guerra Plaza Revitalization Design Advisory Committee

November 6, 2019 

The first meeting of the Advisory Committee for De La Guerra Plaza will be held on November 8, 2019, in Room 15 at City Hall from 8:30–10:00 a.m. to begin discussions about Plaza revitalization. The Advisory Committee is a Committee subject to the Brown Act and is made up of two members from City Council (Sneddon/Dominguez), two members from Planning Commission (Jordan/Wiscomb), two members from Historic Landmarks Commission (Drury/Veyna), two members from Parks & Recreation Commission (Longstreet/Perry), the Executive Director for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (Anne Petersen, Ph.D.), and the General Manager for the Farmers’ Market Association (Sam Edelman).

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Last Updated: Nov 18, 2019
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