SLO council endorses Madonna development
April 6, 2016
The San Luis Obispo City Council has given preliminary approval for a development proposed by John Madonna, the son of later entrepreneur Alex Madonna. John Madonna plans to build a large-scale retirement community, houses, apartments and retail space on a 111-acre property next to Los Osos Valley Road.
Madonna’s proposed project includes 200 multi-family apartments, 75 single-family homes, 25,000 to 45,000 square feet of commercial space, a neighborhood park and open space. The retirement housing consists of 276 independent living apartments, 66 living villas and assisted living units and a 122-bed nursing and memory care facility, according to a city staff report.
City plans for the area do not envision there being senior housing. Also, Madonna plans to develop above a 150-foot elevation limit, and his project includes less retail space than called for in city plans.
On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to let city staff begin crafting general plan amendments, as well as a specific plan, that would allow Madonna to move forward with the project as planned. An environmental impact report must also be prepared.