Finally, Old Bus Depot to be Demolished

To the delight of many downtown passers-by, the derelict form bus depot at Carrillo and Chapala streets will begin to be torn down soon and by spring 2018 of be replaced with a Spanish-style building.

After the Santa Barbara Planning Commission gave the go-ahead last week, Brian Cearnal said Jan. 25 some demolition could start as soon as next month. Cearnal is with the architectural firm handling the new project.

The Santa Barbara-based Cearnal Collection designed the planned 10,000-square-foot, two-story building to be right on the corner. On the northeast side of the property, a  1,000-square-foot building is to be built. Cearnal said the bottom floor or the project is for retail and the top will house offices.

The Greyhound bus depot relocated from the site to a spot near the Amtrak Station off Montecito Street. The Carrillo-Chapala site was used as a pop-up Tesla auto showroom several years ago.

Cearnal said the project include some patios and parking for bicycles and a less than a dozen spots for cars for tenants.

City officials said the project was much-needed to improve the retail district.