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B3 Architects Offers Pro Bono Assistance to Jesusita Fire Victims

Top Quote Over the past week, Santa Barbara homeowners watched in dismay as the Jesusita Fire caused thousands to evacuate and burned over 80 homes. Our firm President, Barry Berkus had previously rented one of the homes that was destroyed on Holly Road. As Santa Barbara Architects and community members, B3 Architects is offering pro bono assistance to Jesusita Fire Victims outlined below. End Quote
  • Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (1888PressRelease) May 20, 2009 - As we watched the Jesusita fire grow from 5 acres to 150 acres the first day, we had a sense of bewilderment that yet another fire could hit Santa Barbara in under a year. As long time Santa Barbara residents, many in our firm were evacuated or had friends and family members evacuated. As we chose which items to take with us, and which to leave behind, we experienced first hand the fear of losing our homes and all the possessions and memories connected to our homes. As some of us were evacuated and relocated to friendís houses, we watched the firefighterís online and on the news fighting to save our individual homes and community.

    As the fire reaches containment, we are grateful and relieved for all the homes saved, yet we are deeply saddened by the tragic losses our friends and community members have undergone as victims of the Jesusita Fire.

    As Santa Barbara architects, we would like to offer the following services at no charge to homeowner Jesusita Fire Victims:

    Initial Consultation:
    Review of the City Rebuild Process
    Review of standard City Approvals/Permit Process
    Assistance in identifying your rebuild priorities, constraints and objectives

    Initial Research:
    Availability of archive plans and permit records for reconstruction
    Case specific Zoning and Building Code requirements
    Special circumstances to be resolved for rebuilding (e.g. no archive plans, discrepancies, minor changes)

    Site visit / evaluation
    Prepare a detailed proposal for architectural services that will be required for the reconstruction of property

    Please contact Barry Berkus or Keith Rivera for more information. T: 805.966.1547

    Sincerely,

    B3 Architects Staff and Family

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