Carpinteria City Council members voted 4-1 (Vice Mayor Clark dissenting) to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (or ENA) between Carpinteria and the Theimer Group, LLC. This agreement is the next step to further define a potential future development of an inn on city-owned property on the southwest corner of Linden Avenue and 5th Street.
While this vote moves the process of development one step further, the proposed inn still has a far way to go before approval and construction. Resident Marla Daily spoke against the city agreement and development progress stating, “The time has come to stop this train. Now.” Daily highlighted the desire for an open space and for more parks, while resident Judy Mulford, also against the development, suggested that the city no longer needed the inn for revenue after the tax increase was approved.
Agreeing with the dissenting members of the public, Vice Mayor Clark voiced his opposition to the inn, stating, “I’m opposed to this concept and I don’t think we should spend any more time or money on it.” He went on to suggest that it did not fit in with the spirit of Carpinteria and was more akin to a development in other cities in the county, noting that “we are not Santa Barbara or Montecito.” The agreement passed, with the approving members of the council focusing on the guidance and input that the council will be able to offer to make sure that any development will both fit the existing spirit and architectural profile of the city.