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Shops, apartments and a restaurant could come to this historic property in Paso Robles

Shops, apartments and a restaurant are planned for the old Hometown Nursery site in Paso Robles at 1803 Spring St. The historic J.H. Van Wormer home occupies one corner of the property.
Shops, apartments and a restaurant are planned for the old Hometown Nursery site in Paso Robles at 1803 Spring St. The historic J.H. Van Wormer home occupies one corner of the property.

Paso Robles residents looking for new places to shop, eat or live downtown may be in luck — a now-vacant historic property is slated to be transformed into shopping, apartments and a restaurant.

The development is planned for nearly an acre at 1803 Spring St. — where Hometown Nursery operated from 1976 until it moved to a new location in 2008 — and stretches from 18th Street to 19th Street. A historic house built by almond grower J.H. Van Wormer in 1890 occupies one corner of the property, which has been vacant for nearly a decade.

The sale of the $1.9 million property is pending, according to the Richardson Properties website. Deborah Longo of Montecito Choice LLC — who formerly co-owned Justin Vineyards and Winery before it was sold in 2010 — is listed as the project applicant on a city Planning Commission staff report.

Developers have planned a 15,669-square-foot development, including the rehabilitated Van Wormer home, which is to be repurposed into a restaurant, according to the staff report. Four separate buildings connected by breezeways will include spaces for shops, bars and cafes. The second stories of two two-story buildings will include space for six apartments.

Commissioners recently recommended the project for City Council consideration. Montecito Choice staff declined to comment on the development pending council members’ approval.

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