Following 12 years of negotiations with the city, the La Entrada Project was approved in late 2013 to build on three parcels and 2.27-acres of land at the gateway to Stearns Wharf – central to the Funk Zone. Officially known as “Entrada de Santa Barbara,” plans encompass a 114-room luxury hotel, nine fractional vacation units, and 21,557-
sq.-ft. of retail space with open plazas, paseos, and gardens designed in Santa Barbara’s quintessential Spanish Colonial Revival style. The project has received approval from the Santa Barbara Historical Landmarks Commission and is being designed by our own homegrown architectural firm, DesignARC. The development will feature a combination of original, preserved and restored façades as part of the rebuild.According to the Santa Barbara City Planning Division, “Building permits for the La Entrada Project must be obtained by Nov. 15, 2014 and should be completed by June 30, 2016.” Additional land and commercial buildings that have been sold include the Bekin’s Storage Building for $25 million that has since been leased to Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi. SOMO In 2013, Mesa Lane Partners, LLC acquired the largest single tract of land available in the Funk Zone. This historic property is currently under City planning review to be transformed into a vibrant, adaptive-reuse development complete with mixed-income multifamily housing as well as spaces for retail, a restaurant, cafes, and office space. City officials have hailed SoMo as “the most exciting new project in the Santa Barbara’s history.” Upon completion, this high-profile development will provide Santa Barbara with 64 new apartments, over 50,000 square feet of new commercial space, and a designated “Art Village” comprised of workshop/studio spaces for the local arts community. Mesa Lane Partners has assembled and acquired one of the largest single tracts of land in the highly sought-after downtown waterfront area, presenting a unique opportunity for a small group of accredited investors to co-invest with Mesa Lane Partners and enjoy an equity interest in an extraordinary community serving development located in an extremely high barrier to entry market. The redevelopment of the Property will transform nearly an entire city block into a vibrant neighborhood center with beautiful places to live, work, play, and learn. Artist Village – The Funk Zone Artist Village is a community of creators. As part of the SOMO development project, Mesa Lane Partners has teamed up with the Santa Barbara Foundation to create a non profit arts collaborative to support the fertile arts community in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. The Artist Village will include affordable studios for artists and workshop spaces for the local arts community. MOXI | The Wolf Museum of Exploration & Innovation MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, is in process of constructing a world-class museum from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara on lower State St. MOXI will offer awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind experiences that unite learning and play to actively engage young minds. Through hands-on exhibits powered by science, technology, engineering and math, MOXI will equip the next generation of innovators and problem solvers with the creativity and critical thinking skills they need to be successful in the global marketplace. The museum will include 17,000 square feet of interactive educational exhibits, a rooftop Sky Garden, Smart Classroom, and Museum Store.
What Does The Funk Zone Stand For?Fostering the Arts
- Visual Arts
- Theater & Dance
- Funk Zone as a “World class creative hub”
- Performing Arts
- Infuse local artwork into the project, streetscape and public spaces.
- Artisan incubator
Bringing The Funk
- Preserve the existing creative atmosphere in the neighborhood.
- Celebrate the historic character of the neighborhood.
- Embrace the industry and innovation that is characteristic of the Funk Zone.
- Provide opportunities for ocean oriented businesses and activities, and visitor-serving amenities.
- Develop sustainable and efficient parking and transit solutions.
- Encourage pedestrian connections and interactions between the beach and commercial areas.
- Emphasize sustainable, conservation-oriented development practices and programmatic improvements
- Uphold the intent of the California Coastal Act.
- Public engagement in programming a community-driven and supported development process.
- Create engaging public spaces throughout the project to encourage interaction between neighbors, visitors and residents.
- Enhance sidewalks and streetscape with open-air seating, live music venues, and businesses that are open into the evening.
- Recognize community diversity and designate a housing mix that serves a range of demographics.
- Provide space for new and existing local businesses and artists to thrive
- Enhance the local economy
- Vitalize Santa Barbara’s East end for locals and visitors alike.