Baywood Could Get Two-Story, Mixed Use Project
Baywood could see a new commercial / residential building permitted at the corner of 2nd and Santa Maria in Baywood Park in the near future. Property owner Bob Benson has submitted plans for a 6000 sf two-story structure with 3 apartments on the top and 3 commercial spaces at the bottom. County planner Kerry Brown says the applicant has been waiting for sewer construction in Los Osos to be complete as well as final approval for planned water credits available from his Baywood Inn project. The local CSD would have to allow new construction as well.
The new project comes as Baywood has become a happening spot with several new eateries opening.The new building is on the site of a former gas station and its parking footprint would impact where farmers market stages a few of its booths currently.
“It could happen this year” says Ms.Brown. Mr. Benson was not available at press time.
The Port San Luis Harbor Commission has given developer Red Tail Acquisitions a letter of Intent offering agreed upon principles that would be the basis of a long term lease for the proposed Harbor Terrace tourist resort. The two entities have been negotiating for several months on a lease with this LOI being a significant step to a final lease on what could be a $20 million project.Port San Luis interim manger Andrea Lueker says Red Tail has until April 19 to complete a lease agreement.
Save Avila Pier
The Harbor Commission is deliberating on various strategies to bolster the prospects at currently shuttered Avila Pier. Options include a possible shortening of the pier, replacement of some or most of the piles holding up the pier, adding 6000sf of commercial uses to the end of the pier to help finance repairs and maintenance,negotiating with Chevron on possible financial help to drill new piles through the oil plume that covers the footprint of the pier. That plume t is there as a result of decades of storage and pumping to tankers by the oil company;hiring a PR company to look for ways to begin fundraising for repairs to pier. The price tag has been put at more than $12 million by one estimate. The 1320 ft long pier remains in danger from strong El Nino storm events.
Ice House,Dorns,Walking Trail
The commission is considering a lease of the former ice house structure on the Harford pier to an eel fisherman who would stage his operation there and be available for viewing by tourists. In addition Ms Lueker expects the new Dorns eatery called Mersea’s to open in a matter of days on the Harford Pier. In addition the commission is working on a project that would extend a walking and bike trail from Port San Luis to Avila Pier on the waterside of the road. Construction would not be complete until 2020.