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Plans for new Paso Robles hotel move forward

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Plans for a new hotel on the edge of downtown Paso Robles are moving forward.

It will be located just a couple of blocks from downtown at the corner of Pine and 10th Streets. Some may know it as the old Hayward Lumber.

There are some big plans for the 2.4-acre property. The buildings that sit there now will soon be gone.

"We added 25 more rooms, so we have 151 rooms, we have a rooftop bar, we have a restaurant with retail all the way down Pine Street," said Debbie Lorenz, Project Manager.

The four-story hotel will also have a pool 17 feet above ground level.

"I'm hoping when you're up there at 17 feet you're going to be able to see the park down the street," Lorenz added.

Purchased in 2013, the vision for this area has transformed in that time. Plans for the Pine Street Promenade with a public market were scrapped. The name Pine Street Motel was also nixed. The design has also changed.

"I decided to pick something that was more of the style of downtown Paso. More of the historic look," Lorenz said.

At Tuesday night's planning commission hearing, Hotel Ava and all its changes got the green light.

"My first reaction is that they need it because of all the wine festivals. I know from working in a tasting room, customers would come in and say there's no rooms available. They had to stay in Cambria for wine fest, zin fest," said Cathi Fagan of Atascadero.

Nearby business owner, Dorothy Lefebvre moved to Paso Robles in 1963.

The population was just 5,000. Hotels were rare.

"It was small, it was quiet. As far as hotels were concerned the only thing I was really aware of was mostly the Paso Robles Inn," she said.

Fast forward many decades and Paso Robles is now home to 17 hotels.

Lefebvre says she's all for another one, under one condition.

"As long as the parking is taken care of because to me that's the most important thing right now," she continued.

She says parking is hard to come by, especially on a Friday night.

The project manager says there will be more than 170 parking spots.

Lorenz says they're hoping to break ground around April of next year.

The type of restaurant that will be included in the project is still being decided.

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