Stearns Wharf is Harbor Commercial
Sea Center and the Nature Conservancy
Provide visitor-serving and educational uses
The proposed physical changes consist of the removal of the existing Sea Center building (two-story, 2,056 square feet) and the existing Nature Conservancy building (two-story, 1,059 square feet), and construction of a new two-story building comprising a total of 6,327 square feet (3,503 square feet on the first floor and 2,824 on the second floor). The project would result in the increase in 3,212 square feet of new non-residential square footage. The proposed new Sea Center building would have a building height of approximately 29'6". The existing 659 square foot outdoor touch tank would be removed and replaced with a 614 square foot outdoor oceanography lab. The new building would be set back 10 feet to 18 feet from the western edge of the Wharf structure. The setback from the existing eastern edge of the Wharf would be four feet. The applicant proposes to construct a 144 linear foot platform to the east of the proposed building that would be cantilevered on top of the existing Wharf deck to project five feet beyond the edge of the Wharf. The northern and southern ends of the platform would join the pier deck at 45-degree angles to avoid the potential of snagging or trapping runaway boats. On the south side of the new building, the applicant is proposing public restrooms.
Educational (Public education of the Santa Barbara Channel)
Coastal Permit, Parking Mod, Community Priority Designation
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation
California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency
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