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Large housing development in Paso Robles would add close to 1,300 units, connect roadways

Posted at 6:17 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 09:48:47-05

A Paso Robles housing project in the works for nearly 15 years will be presented with support of the Planning Committee to City Council at its Thursday night meeting.

The South Olson Chandler Ranch project is expected to add 1,293 residential units, including apartments, large and small lot residential, and town houses.

The development in east Paso Robles has the potential to not only add much needed housing to the area, but would connect critical transportation infrastructure, according to the Community Development Director.

"The original plan did not include Olson and south Chandler areas together," Community Development Dir. Warren Frase said. "I think that's a real benefit that these projects are now connected, there are some key road linkages that are better when these projects are combined. So the ability to combine Airport Road with the extension of Sherwood to Linne Road, that's always been a major sticking point on that side of town."

After this development lost steam during the recession and nearly faded away, renewed interest has jump started the timeline.

Frase said the project, which is expected to cost the developer around $50 million, will include some affordable units.

"The accessory dwelling units, which is basically a second unit on a single family lot, we're working closely with the developer to build that into the project," Frase said. "The goal is to build at least 70 of those units into the project, which will qualify as low income. We'll also have the apartments which should qualify as moderate income. So I think we'll have low income, moderate, all the way up to workforce with this project."

This project is one of many efforts made by the city striving to reach a population of 44,000 residents by 2045.

If it clears the public hearing and city council, the homes could be available for move in as early as the summer of 2021.