A new housing and business project is appearing on Santa Claus Lane near Carpinteria. The project is on county land just outside of the city limits. It has been years in the planning stages.
The finished project will be four commercial and three residential units on a lot between the train tracks and the street. It's also adjacent to the beach.
The developer Claus Properties, spent years on the project and efforts to get it off the ground were delayed by the recession . The project is now back on a new schedule with active work underway.
In the last week a large crane has been on the site which is surrounded by a green fence.
Improvements to the roadside parking are part of the development conditions, in coordination with a county master plan for Santa Claus Lane.