Construction Beginning on Clark Near Hwy 101    


Shopping Center Construction Beginning on Clark Near Hwy 101   

        After court approval of the environmental analysis a couple of months ago and a final OK from the County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors a couple of years ago, construction of a neighborhood shopping center is beginning on East Clark Avenue next to the Orcutt Hills Shopping Center.  

 The Orcutt Gateway Retail Commercial Center, with almost 43-thousand square feet of commercial space on six acres, is on what is dubbed as Key Site 2 in the Orcutt Community Plan.

Developer Taylor Judkins of G3 Real Estate in San Luis Obispo says an 18,000 square foot market will be behind a fast-food restaurant or coffee shop and a 12-pump gas station and car wash outlet adjacent to Clark Avenue.  

In addition, between the fast restaurant and the gas station/car wash, there will be a new road entering the center with a signal at Clark Avenue.   The cost of the signalization is covered by the developer.  That road will also be a main access for a commercial/residential project called “The Orcutt Marketplace” on Key Site 1 on the northside of Clark. That project is currently working through the County permitting process.

According to Santa Barbara County Planning, the existing roadway into Sunny Hills modular homes will remain. There will be a multi-purpose trail along Clark Avenue.  

The project was approved by the county in 2019.  Weeks later, a group called Residents for Sensible Growth asked a Santa Barbara County judge to nullify the approval on the grounds the county approved the project based on an addendum to the 1997 EIR of the Orcutt Community Plan.  The main contention by the appellant was that a subsequent EIR should be completed.      

The judge denied the appeal as did appellate judge James Rigali.  This February, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled the county had adequately studied environmental impacts.  

Judkins says lease arrangements are in progress and he hopes construction can begin within a few weeks with occupancy in about two years.    

 Steve Southwick reporting

Photo is Facing west on the southside of Clark Avenue and next to the Orcutt Hills Shopping Center will be a market, fast-food restaurant and gas station/vehicle wash.