Another location lost for proposed homeless center
March 21, 2013
The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo will not be able to build its proposed 200-bed homeless services center on a city owned parcel surrounding the Prado Day Center. [Tribune]
A city of San Luis Obispo memo explained that city could not turn over the property to CAPSLO because it needs the land to expand its water reclamation facility.
Now, two possible locations remain for CAPSLO’s proposed homeless campus that would include a commercial kitchen, a classroom and offices for caseworkers.
One location, the initial CAPSLO proposal, is a vacant county lot next to the Department of Social Services on South Higuera Street. A group of business leaders led by Bill Thoma stalled the nonprofit’s plan to build the shelter there after publicly expressing concerns about the site’s proximity to businesses.
CAPSLO is now considering a privately owned Prado Road lot that Thoma recommends because it is further away from businesses and a larger property than the South Higuera location. In order to acquire the Prado Road land, CAPSLO would have to make about a $2 million purchase.
The nonprofit did not pursue the location in the past due to it being on a floodplain, there being high voltage utility lines bisecting the property and a portion of the land will be used for the Prado Road overpass.
CAPSLO now plans to conduct an engineering study to the property’s constraints, but says it does not have enough money to do so. CAPSLO Chief Operating Officer Jim Famalette says the study will cost between $80,000 and $100,000 and the organization only has $30,000 to pay for it. Famalette said CAPSLO would likely ask the city, county and business community opposed to the South Higuera location to help pay for the engineering study.
“This is a community issue, not a CAPSLO issue,” Famalette told the Tribune. “If there is an opportunity to have a larger site that has some benefits to it because of size and location, then we will explore that to see it its viable. The important thing is making sure that the entire community wants to do this project.”