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Public to review Walmart plans in Atascadero

The public can review plans for Atascadero’s long-discussed Walmart and Annex shopping center projects during a community information meeting set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Atascadero City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real.

The all-day event will provide “a drop-in opportunity” to review the project plans and ask questions, Community Development Director Warren Frace said.

There will be information about the projects’ characteristics, as well as approvals and entitlements needed on the projects, together formally called the Del Rio Road Commercial Area Specific Plan, Frace said.

Representatives from Wal-Mart and the Annex project will also be on hand to answer questions.

Approvals required for the projects include environmental studies, an amendment to the city’s blueprint for growth, a zoning change, tree-removal permits and other processes, according to the city.

The Walmart project is going forward with its smaller-scale plan of 123,000 square feet of retail and grocery sales area plus about 6,500-square-feet of outdoor garden services.

There will also be two commercial lots on about 10,000 square feet of retail space and one 44-unit multi-family residential parcel, according to the city.

The residential parcel could be developed at a later date with separate approvals, Frace said.

The entire Walmart project sits on 26 acres of land on the southeast corner of El Camino Real and Del Rio Road.

The Annex component sits on approximately 13 acres of land on the northeast corner of El Camino Real and Del Rio Road.

It has more than 120,000 square feet of commercial space and a single-family residential parcel. The residential parcel would be developed at a later date with separate approvals as well.

Tenants in negotiation for the shopping center have not yet been disclosed.

Additional information and maps are available online at www.Atascadero.org.

Future meetings

To be placed on the notification list for upcoming meetings, contact Atascadero’s Community Development Director Warren Frace at 461-5000 or wfrace@atascadero.org.

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