About 81 acres of private Templeton land was recently donated to San Luis Obispo County, making it one of the largest property contributions officials say the county has ever received.
The plot of land — to be named the Liz Duveneck Memorial Park — is off Vaquero Road in northeast Templeton.
Hiking trails, pathways, benches, informational signs and gardens are among the uses allowed for the land, officials said, as laid out by the late Barney and Liz Duveneck. Other development isn’t allowed.
A dedication ceremony on the land was held Friday to honor the donors, remembered as avid youth and community supporters.
— Tonya Strickland
City officials are requesting proposals from firms interested in designing, building and managing a low- and very-low-income housing project on city-owned land.
The city bought the 26,620-square-foot parcel at 360 Park Ave. for a little more than $1 million last summer with money from its redevelopment agency, which is required to set aside at least 20 percent of its money for low- and moderate-income housing.
The City Council approved a plan to request proposals by July 12. The project would include 14 units, including a studio, one- and two-bedroom units, and 10 units with a design that can be adapted for a disabled tenant.
Council members recently requested that the proposal also allow the potential for common-wall units and for units larger than 600 square feet to accommodate families.
City staff expects to select a proposal by October or November; construction is expected to start no later than June 1, 2011.
— Cynthia Lambert
Local rest stops are part of a statewide program to encourage motorists to recycle.
The “Plastics. Too Valuable to Waste. Recycle.” campaign is a public-private partnership through the American Chemistry Council, State Department of Parks and Recreation, the Keep California Beautiful project and Caltrans.
Recycling bins with informational signs will be placed at the new north- and southbound Camp Roberts rest areas off Highway 101 north of Paso Robles. Eighteen bins are slated for the southbound rest area while 13 are planned for the northbound location.
Shandon’s newly built rest area, set to open in the fall, also has informational signs planned but has no bins currently.
Costs of these additions and what the design of the signs will be have not yet been decided, officials said.
Nearly 700 seasonal and permanent recycling bins have been placed at more than 30 locations statewide in the campaign, designed to encourage people to recycle away from home.
— Tonya Strickland