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Santa Barbara Receives Proposals for State Street Master Plan

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Eight firms submitted proposals to the City for the State Street Master Plan project by close of the request for proposals response period on March 24.

Staff will analyze the responses to determine the most appropriate proposal that addresses long-term visioning for State Street’s future. After reviewing and scoring the proposals, City Staff will make a recommendation to City Council on the consultant selection and finalize a contract.

“We have the momentum and enthusiasm from the community, and now is the time to rethink our downtown and plan for what the space will consider for the next 30-50 years,” said Tess Harris, State Street Master Planner. “We want to think big, be creative, and encourage visionary ideas and flexible solutions to invigorate our downtown. We want Santa Barbara’s future to be the best it can be for all of us.”

The State Street Master Planning process will include broad public outreach and civic engagement to drive the development of a Master Plan for the State Street Promenade and the surrounding 0-blocks. Some of the topics to be addressed in the plan include, but are not limited to, Streetscape Design, Mobility and Circulation, Economic Development, Historic Resources, and Sustainability and Resiliency.

Proposals received were from the following firms: Gensler, MIG, Inc., Rios, Inc., Sargent Town Planning, Inc., Stantec Architecture, Stoss, Inc., Studio One Eleven, and SWA Group.

For more information, please contact Tess Harris, State Street Master Planner at


Tess Harris
Phone: (805) 564-5563