SLO proposed 75-foot-high project scrapped
May 4, 2016
By KAREN VELIE
Developers Nick Tompkins, Andrew Firestone and Jess Parker have withdrawn their plans to build a 75-foot high development in San Luis Obispo that would have included an 80-room hotel, residential units, offices, retail space and a public plaza.
Tompkins had approval for two 5,000 square foot commercial buildings at the corner of Monterey and Santa Rosa streets, the location of a former Shell service station. But the three developers proposed a change, and multiple residents voiced their concerns regarding height and water usage.
“Several concerned residents and I are absolutely overjoyed that Andrew Firestone and Jess Parker have terminated their participation on this project,” Mila Vujovich-LaBarre said. “The previous design was inconsistent with the neighborhood character, blocked views of our precious foothills, and would have set a dangerous precedent for future development from Santa Rosa Street north to the Apple Farm Restaurant.
“Many people are also aware of our dangerous water shortage in the city of San Luis Obispo, and since hotel guests use twice the amount of water per day than your average resident, it was very prudent to stop the project,” Vujovich-LaBarre added.
Tompkins, Firestone and Parker were also planning to build a 600-space public parking garage and a new transit center on adjacent properties on Higuera Street. The transit center would have replaced the government center bus stop at Osos and Palm streets.
On Monday, Community Development Director Michael Codron confirmed that Firestone, Thompkins and Parker were scrapping their proposal.
“The property owner confirmed that project will not move forward to an actual development application,” Codron wrote in an email.