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Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approves OASIS Project

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - It’s a joyful day for members of the OASIS Senior Center in Orcutt.

“I am so thankful to the Santa Barbara County planners … and all the work
that they’ve done to help us," said member Dolores Luis of the OASIS Senior Center.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of building the new
senior center, a project that’s been years in the making.

"I am so excited this has been a long time coming … and I’ve seen all the
hard work that has gone into it so to finally see this outcome is amazing
and I’m excited for the future," said member Rebecca Borjas of the OASIS Senior Center.

During the board of supervisors meeting about  90 percent of public
comments were in support of the OASIS project.

A lawyer for "Friends of Key Site 18" spoke out against the proposal.

She says the group of Orcutt residents have several objections, including environmental implications from the development.

"Taking care of our senior population is one of the most important things
that we can be doing right now. The population is growing ... the percentage is
growing almost 20 percent ... it is in that age range," said executive director Michelle Southwick of the OASIS Senior Center.

The next step for senior center organizers is raising money for the project.

"My hope is we will see the community get behind the OASIS senior center ... there
in the need of a capital campaign right now … and help them build this
dream that many seniors have," said district supervisor Steve Lavagnino of Santa Barbara County.

The project consists of the construction of a new, 15,661-square-foot Orcutt Area Seniors in Service (OASIS) facility,.

This includes a 14,069-square-foot main building, and a 1,592-square-foot ancillary BBQ and crafts building.

The project also includes the construction of a related access road, 143 parking spaces, landscaping and private trails within the development area.

The project includes associated development consisting of the construction of a section of the multi-use Orcutt Creek Trail, and a request to modify the required number of parking spaces from 229 required spaces to 143 spaces.dew322

For more on the OASIS project, click here.

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Patricia Martellotti

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