Tompkins rethinking Arroyo Grande project
March 9, 2011
“It is a step in the right direction,” said John Spencer, a critic of the previously proposed project and the owner of Spencer’s Fresh Markets. “That he is looking at all aspects of economic and public issues sounds positive.”
Developer Nick Tompkins said he wants to start with a clean slate.
“I think it was clear that a majority felt the project wasn’t right for the community,” Tompkins said. “There were local business that felt threatened. Let’s stop and take a look.”
Tompkins said he wants to hold public workshops in order to hear what the community wants in the area.
“I don’t know what we will come back with,” Tompkins added and said that the goal is to create a financially viable project that has community approval.
The council voted 4-0 to approve a proposal to build 36 low income units at a property that sets behind Tompkins’ proposed development separating the projects’ approval processes. The properties are connected through an environmental impact report.
Mayor Tony Ferrara had to recuse himself from the vote because he owns property within 500 feet of the proposed project.