Sea Center Revitalization

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Santa Barbara
Document Title
Sea Center Revitalization
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Stearns Wharf is Harbor Commercial Sea Center and the Nature Conservancy Provide visitor-serving and educational uses
Document Description
The proposed project is located on the "Wye" portion of Stearns Wharf. Currently in the project area is the Sea Center building and associated outdoor touch tank and the Nature Conservancy building. The proposed project includes the removal of these buildings and construction of a new two-story building comprising a total of 6,327 sq.ft. The project would result in an increase of 3,212 sq. ft. of new non-residential square footage. The additional square footage would allow for additional educational and exhibit space, office/workroom space for Sea Center and Nature Conservancy staff, and an elevator. The proposed new Sea Center building would have a maximum building height of 29'6". The existing 659 square foot outdoor touch tank would be removed and replaced with a 614 square foot outdoor oceanography lab. The applicant proposes to construct a 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 existing edge of the Wharf. On the south side of the new building, the applicant is proposing public restrooms. Demolition and construction of the new Sea Center building is estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete. During certain phases of demolition and construction, access to the Wye portion of Stearns Wharf will be restricted or prohibited to protect public safety and secure the project site.

Contact Information

Susan Reardon
Agency Name
City of Santa Barbara
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Cross Streets
State Street/Cabrillo Boulevard
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
U.S. 101
Southern Pacific
Pacific Ocean

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
City of Santa Barbara
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

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