American Institute of Architects in Santa Barbara (AIASB) Offers Free Help to Residents

American Institute of Architects in Santa Barbara (AIASB) Offers Free Help to Residents

A local collaboration between the County and the American Institute of Architects in Santa Barbara (AIASB) has been launched to provide guidance on the rebuilding process to owners of properties that were damaged or destroyed in the recent disasters.

Two local architectural firms and private philanthropists have made donations to cover the cost of experienced land use planners and/or architects who will provide property owners with free informal advice/technical assistance. Technical assistance consultants are located at the Montecito Center for Preparedness, Recovery and Rebuilding.  The Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Center is located at 1283 Coast Village Circle in Montecito and can be reached by phone at 805-845-7887.

“There are a lot of residents who have called or stopped in for advice and direction,” reports Adele Goggia, a project manager at Harrison Design, who works at the center on Mondays and Tuesdays. “Some of the residents who have come to the Center do not have green, yellow and red tags, but are still in need of assistance. Each property has unique challenges and we are here to help at any capacity.”

The overall goal is to help property owners think through some of the major issues in the beginning stages of rebuilding so they and others in the community can move forward in the process of healing and recovery.

This effort has been made possible by local architectural firms – including Harrison Design, The Cearnal Collective, LLP, RRM Design and WWA Design – as well as an anonymous donor through the United Way of Santa Barbara County and volunteer architects from the AIASB.

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UPDATE Tsunami Advisory has been cancelled
Adviso de Tsunami ha sido cancelada