The Police Station Project received unanimous approval from the Planning Commission on March 18, 2021, for the height exception for this community benefit project. The Planning Commission directed staff to return to the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) to approve the project and proceed forward with a Development Application Review Team (DART) submittal. On April 19, 2021, the revised Police Station design went before the ABR for a fourth concept review and received affirmative comments and direction. After reviewing the design, asking questions, and providing comments to the design team, ABR approved that request, and the design team is preparing the DART application for a spring 2021 submittal to the City Planning Department. Once that application is deemed complete, the environmental review will commence. The goal is to have the project through the California Environmental Quality Act process by the fall of 2021.
Many are aware that if the Police Station is located at the Cota Commuter Lot, the Farmers’ Market Association will need to relocate its Saturday market. The Farmers’ Market Association has been working with City Staff to evaluate the 00 block of Carrillo Street as the preferred location for its Saturday market. The space would be on Carrillo Street between Chapala Street and Anacapa Street, and up and down State Street for approximately one block in both directions. The Farmers Market has submitted a DART application to the City and is moving forward at this point. There are required improvements as part of this project and the City is committed to assisting the Farmers’ Market Association throughout the process.