Biz Buzz: Village at Broad Street complex taking shape in SLO

A new affordable housing complex is under way on the east side of Broad Street between Santa Barbara and Alphonso streets in San Luis Obispo. It will consist of 42 one-, two- and three-bedroom family apartments.

The Village at Broad Street, expected to be completed in the fall, will also include a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market as the anchor tenant, and additional retail stores.

The affordable housing units will be rented to families with annual incomes ranging from 30 to 60 percent of the San Luis Obispo County area median income.

Amenities in the housing complex will include a community room with kitchen and library, a computer center, a fitness room, an outdoor playground, and an array of resident services such as computer classes.

The architect is KTGY Group Inc. and the general contractor is ROEM-ICON Contracting Group Inc. Retail space totaling 7,237 square feet is also being built by the ROEM Corp. of San Jose.

The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a chain grocery store, is owned by the United Kingdom-based company Tesco. It promotes itself as a neighborhood market that offers fresh and high-quality prepared foods along with standard grocery products.

The chain has 103 stores in California and Nevada. The closest one to San Luis Obispo is in Orcutt. The San Luis Obispo store, which will be 10,000 square feet, is expected to be completed in the fall.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Who’s new at the Paso Chamber

The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce will install new board members Jan 15. Incoming chairwoman is Debra Albert, manager of marketing and sales for Kennedy Club Fitness in Paso Robles. Newly elected members include Debbie Belmore of Heritage Oaks Bank, Kimberly Foo of Courtyard by Marriott Paso Robles, and Ryun McCrory, of Santa Lucia Bank.

Returning board members include Mike Bankston of Le Vigne at Sylvester Winery; Jason Cross of Paso Robles Press; George Duck of George Duck CPAs; Henry Elisarraraz of State Farm Insurance; Rick Lyons of Twin Cities Community Hospital; Janet Marcotte of Central Coast Adworks; Sandee McLaughlin of Cuesta College North Campus; Ron Nodder of Chateau Lettau Winery; Victor Popp of La Quinta Inn & Suites; Sharon Ross of Central Coast Mortgage Consultants; Robert Sharp of Vinoteca Wine Bar; and Julie Stears of Rabobank, N.A.

— Julia Hickey