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Case Study and Site Tour: Santa Barbara Inn

September 7, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Santa Barbara Inn
901 E. Cabrillo Blvd., The Montecito Room
Santa Barbara , CA 93103 United States
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You are cordially invited to a special event for Urban Land Institute (ULI) members and guests in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. This event will serve as a kick off for ULI’s upcoming series of events spotlighting land use trends and issues impacting the Santa Barbara/Ventura region. ULI is an 80-year old international non-profit organization which is committed to providing leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI has over 40,000 members, most of whom work in the real estate and urban development industries, and its members enjoy access to research publications, newsletters, and programs for employees who work in these industries. The ULI Los Angeles chapter has over 1,800 members, and its Executive Director Gail Goldberg (former Director of Planning for the City of Los Angeles) will participate in this special event. The ULI Fall Meeting, with over 6,500 attendees, will take place in late October 2017 in Los Angeles.

 The Santa Barbara Inn is a 70-room boutique hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. The hotel opened in the fall of 2016 after a multi-million dollar renovation that has transformed the Cabrillo beach corridor through distinctive Andalusian architecture, expanded guest/public amenities, and the introduction of Convivo, a  full-service Italian restaurant.

 The project was developed and is owned and operated by The Gunner Companies, a boutique real estate company with offices in Fresno and Santa Barbara. Founded by Richard Gunner in the early 1960s, the firm focuses on a variety of real estate opportunities including investment, development, and asset management. Their most recent projects include the Santa Barbara Inn and the exclusive San Ysidro Village shopping center in Montecito, which was redeveloped in 2012. They also own and operate two hotels in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA—the Pine Inn, a historic 49-room full-service hotel, and the Tally Ho Inn, a 12-room bed and breakfast.

A speaker panel with the developer, architect, contractor and general manager will discuss the project as a whole with a guided tour following the event. Drinks and appetizers will be served.


  • 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM: Mixer with drinks and appetizers
  • 5:45 PM – 6:30 PM: Panel Discussion
  • 6:30 PM – 7:00PM: Guided Tour


  • Michael Gunner, Project Manager, The Gunner Companies – Owner/Developer
  • William LaVoie, Principal, William R. LaVoie Architect, Inc. – Architect
  • Paul Wieckowski, President, Schipper Construction Co. – General Contractor
  • Ed Galsterer, General Manager, The Santa Barbara Inn


  • Andrew Salter, Development Analyst, The Towbes Group


  • Member $25
  • Non-member $35

Please be aware registration will increase $10 after September 5th. To register click “register now” below.


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