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Sophisticated system parking cars in downtown Santa Barbara

Automatic Parking System
Blake DeVine / NC3
A new automatic parking system strategically stacks vehicles underneath the new Radius Commercial Real Estate building on East De La Guerra Street.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Downtown Santa Barbara has a new automatic parking system.

Below the new Radius Commercial Real Estate building — located at 226 East De La Guerra — a carousel for cars is strategically stacking vehicles with innovative technology.

It’s part of large construction project which wrapped up last month.

To host its headquarters and add workforce housing, the Radius Group built a three-story structure.

Within the new building, most of the 26 residential units are one bedroom apartments.

However, there wasn't enough parking space to fit enough cars in its’ garage.

For this reason, the Radius Group invested in CityLift to create an automatic parking structure that holds 30 vehicles. 

"We're maximizing the value for everyone,” Radius Group partner Brad Frohling said. “It resulted in a new office, residents getting beautiful new apartments and having places to park."

The advanced system incorporates automated tandem parking spaces for greater density.

In a process that takes less than a minute, residents dial in a code to retrieve their vehicle.

This unique device is the first of its kind in the City of Santa Barbara. 

"Parking is the tail that wags the dog in Santa Barbara,” Radius Group principal & founder Steve Brown said. “By being able to provide additional parking, we were able to provide more parking units."

All of the residential units within the newly constructed building are already leased out.

To learn more about Radius Commercial Real Estate, you can visit its website.

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