After more than a decade of effort, local rancher Dan De Vaul will build an 8,000-square-foot, 14-room sober-living facility at his property on Los Osos Valley Road to shelter people battling addiction and mental health issues.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at 10340 Los Osos Valley Road.
The project, approved by the county planning department, was designed by architect Thom Brajkovich of Paragon Design Architects.
A decade-long clash between De Vaul and the county over code and landuse violations ended in a settlement last year that allowed him to build the sober-living facility on his 72-acre ranch on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo.
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His long struggle included jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and fines.
The new facility at Sunny Acres will provide a safe environment for more than 20 county residents, many who are not eligible for or have not been able to find help in other county programs.
Judie Najarian, who serves on the board of directors overseeing Sunny Acres, said that several volunteer contractors have stepped forward to help with construction, but more volunteers are needed.
She said the goal is to have the new facility built within 12 months. So far, $60,000 has been committed to the project, which could cost up to $1 million.
For more details or to help, call Najarian at 215-2723.