Santa Barbara County is currently proposing that a large, three-story apartment building be built on the property directly behind the existing Casitas Village condominiums. The proposed project would create 173 apartments on the seven acres that currently houses four homes and the Bailard Organic Farm. In stark contrast, the Villa Del Mar condominiums have 230 condominiums on 36 acres.
This new project is being touted as an affordable housing project; however, only 41 of the apartments would be deemed affordable. The others would rent for top dollar. Surrounding area residents think this project is wrong for Carpinteria. The apartment complex will create more traffic on Bailard Avenue and surrounding streets and would cause major parking problems.
The Bailard Farm is one of the contributors to the Farm Cart here in Carpinteria and helps provide produce for 1,500 weekly farm boxes that are distributed locally. Once we start paving over agricultural land there is no going back.
To learn more about the proposed project and sign the petition against this project, go to savebailardfarm.com. There will also be a table at the Farmers Market with more information and postcards to mail into the appropriate representatives.