Urban Developments Set To Open LEED Mixed-Use Project in Santa Barbara This Fall

Urban Developments has begun leasing space at Alma del Pueblo, a 37-unit mixed-use project in Santa Barbara, Calif., which also includes more than 27,000 square feet of retail, 15,000 of which will be home to the Santa Barbara Public Market.

Santa Barbara, Calif.—Urban Developments has begun leasing space at Alma del Pueblo, a 37-unit mixed-use project in Santa Barbara, Calif., which also includes more than 27,000 square feet of retail, 15,000 of which will be home to the Santa Barbara Public Market.

“The project is in the very heart of downtown Santa Barbara, in what is considered the performing and cultural arts district, and we are surrounded by wonderful performing arts venues,” Marge Cafarelli, founder of Urban Developments, tells MHN. “It’s also surrounded by wonderful restaurants and has great access and parking.”

Alma del Pueblo’s three-story building consists of 39,000 square feet of residential space and 27,711 square feet of commercial. Its 37 condominiums will be just one of a handful of buildings in Santa Barbara designated as LEED-Platinum.

“Sustainability is a core value of my company,” Cafarelli says. “We don’t do anything that doesn’t have sustainability initiatives embedded in the project.”

It is located on the site of what was previously a Von’s grocery store in the heart of the historic El Pueblo Viejo district, downtown, and will be ready for move-in in the fall with the project’s anchor retail, the Santa Barbara Public Market, set to open in September.

Residential amenities include courtyards, a clubroom with a private rooftop terrace for entertaining, raised planter beds, wine storage, bike storage and two guest rooms for homeowners’ exclusive use.

LEED elements are responsible for energy savings up to 48 percent, including an E-V charging station, a storm water management plan, 30 percent water-use reduction, 50 percent irrigation reduction, and a walkability score of 100.

Alma del Pueblo’s retail mix includes the Public Market, featuring 15 independent merchants selling best-in-class local, artisanal foods and wine and offering classes and community events. According to Cafarelli, merchants signed to date represent a diverse mix and include Foragers Pantry, Belcampo Meat Co., Enjoy Cupcakes, Flagstone Pantry, Green Star Coffee, il Fustino oils and vinegars, JuiceWell, The Pasta Shoppe, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, WINE + BEER and The Kitchen.

“We’re thrilled to see homeowners seizing this unique opportunity to purchase a unit in this highly coveted location, offering an exceptional quality of life,” Cafarelli says. “Alma del Pueblo is not only a project that’s built to last, but—with the Santa Barbara Public Market—it’s also a community gathering place that will contribute to the character of our city for years to come.”