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Proposed six-story building up for discussion in San Luis Obispo

Posted at 5:04 PM, Dec 03, 2018

A controversial project in Downtown San Luis Obispo is the center of a public hearing.

We learned back in June that plans for a bowling alley and an entertainment hub at the corner of Chorro and Marsh Streets were scrapped.

Now there are plans for a six-story, 75-foot tall building for the empty spot located at 1144 Chorro Street.

“My window actually faces that same direction so it would definitely block the view,” said Jordan Farrell.

Farrell’s apartment is right next door to the building that once housed Sports Authority.

She has a view of the mountains but could end up looking at a building that includes a ground floor of shops, two stories of offices, and three levels of housing with 45 studios and ten one-bedroom apartments for rent.

While there’s no denying that housing is needed, the issue is with the proposed building height.

“I think the thing about San Luis Obispo is that it is so charming and to have a six-story building would take away from the quaint area that we all know and love so much, so I’m not a fan of it,” said Lori O’Connor.

“I kind of like the smaller height limits for this town,” Farrell added.

The public is invited to provide comment at Monday evening’s Architectural Review Commission Meeting.

“It’s an opportunity for the public and the commission to give early feedback,” said Doug Davidson, City of San Luis Obispo Community Development Deputy Director.

After hearing from the community, the developer will eventually come back with a real application.

It would ultimately end up in the hands of the city council to decide if a new building could end up in the downtown historic district.

It is important to keep in mind that no decisions will be made during Monday night’s meeting.

KSBY reached out to the developer but did not receive a call back.

We’re told the typical height limit in downtown is 50-feet.