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20,000 sq. foot mixed-use development faced with uncertain future in Pismo Beach

Posted at 7:32 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 22:32:13-05

The hope of demolishing the current 6,000 square foot building on Price Street, is facing uncertainty as the Pismo Beach City Council could prevent the project from moving forward.

This project would bring a new mixed-use building, with five housing units, but it was denied by the planning commission in December by one vote.

Tuesday night, the property manager goes in front of the city council appealing that decision and other business owners in the area say they're in support of new development.

"Don't deny it, come up with a plan to figure out what works best for both the city and the business owner. I don't want to say don't turn your back on them but basically don't turn your back on them. Listen to them, try and figure out what works best for both parties," said Mike Cotta, general manager of Beachin' Biscuits.

The council says this new 20,000 square foot construction lacks two things.

One, plans for the building wouldn't fit the size and scale of it's surrounding properties.

Second, the project's primary use isn't a restaurant or something similar, which is a must on the city's "restaurant row."

Despite the planning commission’s decision, the project’s architect says he is confident that the project will move forward during the city council meeting.