Combo shopping center and senior living facility proposed in SLO

June 15, 2018

A prominent local builder is teaming up with a retirement home operator in attempt to create a combination shopping center-assisted living facility development at a south San Luis Obispo intersection. [Cal Coast Times]

The proposed project, which came before the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on Wednesday, calls for the shopping center and assisted living facility to be built by the corner of Broad Street and Tank Farm Road. The project site is across the street from both the Marigold Shopping Center and Mindbody, and it neighbors other businesses like SESLOC Credit Union.

Developer Nick Tompkins is proposing a 49,000-square foot retail shopping center on a 5.28-acre lot. The shopping center would contain retail stores, a grocery store and restaurants.

Simultaneously, Westmont Living is proposing a 133,655-square foot assisted living facility with 111 suites and 28 memory care studio units. Westmont Living is a senior housing construction and management company that operates 11 senior housing communities, which includes 1,300 units in California and Oregon.

On Wednesday, the planning commission raised concerns with the project and refrained from ruling on the proposal. Commissioners stated concerns about the project not conforming to planned land use in the area and not integrating well with existing businesses neighboring the site. [KSBY]

Planning commissioners agreed, though, that there is a need for affordable senior housing. The commission directed staff to bring the project back with tweaks and possibly include an independent living component to the housing proposal.


Good to see the brain trust moving SLO town to be more like Pacoima.

Especially love the five story lumps on Marsh and Foothill.

Ralph Snart

Old people housing? How about affordable housing for everyone?

fat chance

I’m sure water should be no problem. Good luck with that 55 gallons a person thing…..


Clarification request. Is that corner annexed to the CITY of San Luis Obispo?


It’s Nick Tompkins! Change the land use and give him what he wants…after all, he’s always only trying to do what’s best for the community.