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The north-face of a proposed four-unit condominium on Cramer Road shows front entrances to each unit. 

The two detached homes located at 1075 Cramer Road might soon be demolished to make way for a new condominium complex. At the Feb. 3 meeting of the city of Carpinteria Planning Commission, plans for a two-story, four-unit condo complex were unanimously approved. 

Property owner Justin Klentner would like to turn his 9,300 sq. ft. parcel into 6,000 sq. ft. of living space: one two-bedroom unit and three three-bedroom units, each with a private deck. The condos will be built on top of a partially underground parking lot with 10 total parking spaces. 

To do this, Klentner will need to tear down the two existing homes. When these two dwellings—each under 600 sq ft—were originally built is unknown; the city’s staff noted in their report that “minimal records are on file with the city for the property.” 

City staff also noted that the homes are located in the Downtown/Old Town neighborhood. The area is in the city’s commercial business core but also has several pockets of residential neighborhoods comprised of a mix of single and multifamily housing developments. Senior Planner Nick Bobroff pointed out that the neighborhood is in transition in terms of housing. While historically the neighborhood has been characterized by smaller homes on relatively large lots, over the years, newer development has trended towards larger two-story, higher density projects. “The proposed project would continue this gradual transformation of the street,” stated Bobroff in the staff report.  

Some concerns were raised by commissioners: John Callendar noted the need for flood control with underground parking and the slight obfuscation of the public’s access to mountain views; and David Allen urged that privacy issues be addressed and maintained in perpetuity. 

Overall though, commissioners embraced the project. Commissioner Glenn La Fevers remarked that “the style fits the neighborhood,” and “the underground parking is well-designed and usable … (maximizing) the residential use of the lot.” Callendar agreed, calling the proposal the “future of this Carpinteria neighborhood.” “The neighborhood is in transition,” he said, “shifting from small houses on large lots to a vision of the community with denser development and more public transportation.” 

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