SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara's Historic Landmark Commission held the first public meeting on a new hotel proposal Wednesday.
Developers are looking to build a 250-room hotel on a 4.5 acre lot at Garden and Yanonali Streets.
Wednesday was the first time the public was able to offer feedback and comments on the hotel proposal.
Kitty-corner from the proposed hotel is a 3-acre parcel known by some as "the rock pile," which is slated to become the Garden Street Market. It would also have a smaller two-story balcony building on site for restaurant and office space.
The architect, Brian Cearnal, calls the area "a gateway to the city."
"This site, by the way, for those who've been away a long time but were here a long time ago, this site is where the aquarium was proposed back in the early 80s," said Cearnal.
Both properties are owned by the Wright Family, who purchased the land from Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1970s.
The Historic Landmark Commission meets every two weeks.
To see renderings of the proposed projects, see below:
Renderings provided by The Cearnal Collective.