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Our police station is a busy place. Currently, it takes four separate buildings to house operations. Today’s facilities have not been earthquake retrofitted (as required by California’s Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act of 1986) and the infrastructure in the main police building is antiquated. There are insufficient bathrooms for the 26 female officers, cramped interview rooms that are too close to witness areas, and storage constraints that result in a waste of significant time merely getting to equipment.

Santa Barbara Police strive to be a mix of highly skilled officers and effective community partners to help us maintain safe neighborhoods and beach-town charm. In 2017, with the passage of Measure C, Santa Barbarans chose to create a new police station to address the current inadequacies and to support both the special equipment necessities and everyday patrol needs.

The first step in the process was site selection. Key considerations include size, parking, zoning, access to high call areas, conflicts inherent to each site, and the costs associated if the site is not already owned by the City.  The colored map below shows the concentration of calls in a particular area, downtown having the majority of the calls.  Additionally, the chart below is a snapshot comparison of the sites studied.


SANTA BARBARA POLICE STATION MAIN CALL AREAS

Site Needs: 72K Square Feet, 252 Secure Parking Spaces

Sears (Vacant) La Cumbre Mall

Earl Warren
Showgrounds

Louise Lowry
Davis Center

Existing
SBPD

Cota St
Commuter Lot

Size & Lot Shape

flexible

flexible

fits

too small

fits

Parking

yes

yes

yes

no

yes

Zoning

commercial

recreation

parks & recreation

office restricted

manufact./commercial

Height Limits

60′ (community benefit)

60′ (community benefit)

60′

45′

60′ (community benefit)

Access

La Cumbre & Calle Real

Las Positas & Calle Real

Victoria, Chapala, De La Vina, Anapamu

Figueroa & Anapamu

Santa Barbara & Cota

High Call Area

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Court Proximity

drive only

drive only

walkable

walkable

walkable

Conflicts ($$ = added costs)

non-City-owned, $$, active fault zone, owner interested in rental housing

non-City-owned, $$, annexation required, freeway congestion & zoning change

lawn bowling, teen center, 2 historic/merit structures, public vote to change use

hazardous materials clean-up, relocation requires 2nd police station, $$

Farmers’ Market, commuter parking


COUNCIL AGENDA REPORTS

January 15, 2019 – Council Agenda Report and PowerPoint Presentation: “Update On Site Selection For Police Station And Revitalization Of De La Guerra Plaza”


PRESENTATIONS

Planning Commission Presentation, Courtesy Update, (Nov. 8, 2018)

2018 Public Meeting Schedule / Horario de Reuniones Publicas 2018

Meeting Notiace for New Police Station Site Selection Process / Aviso de Reunion para Proceso de Selección de Sitios para la Nueva Estación de Policía


MEETING MATERIALS

Public Comment Cards


EVALUATIONS OF POTENTIAL SITES

Sites Criteria Checklists

Facility Space Needs Assessment Validation Narrative (Cearnal Collective LLC, 2018

Needs Assessment Study, Final Report (Leach Mounce Architects, 2012)

Building Assessment Study (Paul Poirier & Associates, 2010)

Seismic Retrofit Study (Coffman Engineers, 2010)


Last Updated: Oct 9, 2020
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