A downtown Atascadero building is nearing the end of its refurbishments and is almost ready for three new tenants, the property owner said this week.
North County businessman Larry Wysong purchased the one-story structure at 5965 Traffic Way from Carlton Hotel owner David Weyrich for an undisclosed sum in May, Wysong said.
The 4,000-square-foot building sits on the east side of the hotel, separated by an alley.
Three months after the purchase, Wysong began to freshen up the 1960s-era building with new paint, electrical, plumbing and roofing.
It was last home to The Carlton’s offices, storage space and a tile store.
The Art Cafe & Bakery — a local business that bills itself as the home of media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s favorite sandwich — had at one time expressed interest in Wysong’s building after closing its ground-floor space at The Carlton.
However, bakery owner Donna Nozzi wrote in an e-mail on Monday that she was interested in reopening, “however, with the economy as it is, I have been hesitant.”
Tenants will be sought in March at Wysong’s building for undisclosed rents. He’s seeking local or national retailers and a restaurant.
He agrees with the city’s push to create more shopping options.
“We need to bring people in town to shop, and to bring people in from out of the area,” he said.
— Tonya Strickland