Aug 14, 2013 8:32 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News
The City of Atascadero has approved plans to add a new development to its downtown area, with the hopes of bringing in more foot traffic and money to the city.
Atascadero's Community Development Director, Warren Frace, said the project, which is being called the La Plaza Center Project, will fill an empty lot that has been vacant for about four or five years. The Atascadero-based company Wysong Construction, which didn't return KSBY's phone calls as of airtime, proposed three-separate buildings for the vacant lot. It stretches approximately 26,000 square feet. The city said there will be restaurants, shops, and some professional office space.
"It's gonna make downtown look finished. It's gonna connect it all up. It's gonna make it a lot better experience for people when they come down," said Frace.
On Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously approved the project, which will sit on El Camino Real across the street from the Carlton Hotel and the newly constructed $22 million historic city hall.
Frace said, "Well I think it's gonna create more activity in the downtown, which should help with all the other businesses. There really is a need for more restaurant and retail space, especially along El Camino Real, so it'll provide that, and then provide 78 parking spaces."
There are a couple of businesses that currently sit on the lot that the city plans on redeveloping. There is a coffee shop and a beauty salon. Frace said it will ultimately be up to the developer, Wysong Construction, to work out an agreement with those businesses about moving into the new building and providing accommodations during construction.
Frace said construction could start within the year, but first Wysong Construction has to recruit some tenants.
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