With several construction projects already underway in downtown San Luis Obispo, another project will add a three-story building to the corner of Santa Rosa and Monterey Streets.
The proposed development will include retail, a restaurant and office space.
“I think growth in the downtown area is always fun and it brings new opportunities and things to do,” said Brittany Blunk, a San Luis Obispo resident.
The proposed mixed-use building will include dining and shops on the first floor. The second and third floors will be used for office space.
“The downtown is expanding up Monterey. It’s bringing activity and life back to that corner; it is a gateway to the community,” said Doug Davidson, the city’s deputy director for community development.
“I think anything that brings people to downtown is a great opportunity,” Blunk added.
Others worry another new development project will make the parking situation worse.
“If they don’t have any parking that goes with it or supports something like that, it might be a difficult situation. Of course, you don’t want to have the streets filled with people trying to find parking,” said Roy Abril, a frequent downtown visitor from Morro Bay.
The project includes a total of 63 parking spaces. One parking lot will be specifically for the new development with 21 spaces. Two other parking lots will be shared with The Mortgage House next door.
The plan also includes 79 bicycle parking spaces and a Transportation Demand Management Plan, which encourages other means of transportation.
“Providing showers, bike lockers, carpool passes, bus passes and other incentives for really a lot of their employees to have other methods to get to and from work,” Davidson said.
The project has been approved by the Architectural Review Commission and may proceed without Planning Commission or City Council review unless appealed by Thursday at 5 p.m.
If the project moves forward, construction is expected to start sometime next year.