A.G. City Council holds off on deciding on proposed East Grand Avenue projects

The Arroyo Grande City Council won’t determine the outcome of two proposed projects — which could add commercial buildings, a grocery store and low-income housing to East Grand Avenue — this month.

Developers of the projects at East Grand Avenue and South Courtland Street requested a continuance to Feb. 8 to give them time to prepare additional information for the council.

However, the few dozen people who showed up to Tuesday’s meeting were given a chance to speak — though council members said they’d prefer people comment only if they couldn’t attend the February meeting. Only one person spoke.

The developers include Nick Tompkins of NKT Commercial, who had originally proposed a 51,000-square-foot Food 4 Less store, but now plans a 35,786-square-foot grocery store.

His plan also includes two commercial buildings, at 5,800 and 5,700 square feet, and a 6,767-square-foot restaurant. No tenants have been identified.

San Luis Obispo-based Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is proposing to build 36 multifamily units that will be deed-restricted to low-and very-low-income tenants.

The Food 4 Less proposal had prompted local residents to sign petitions in opposition to the store and voice their concerns at previous meetings about the building’s size, the traffic it could cause, and the close proximity to several other grocery stores, including Cookie Crock, Vons and Spencer’s Fresh Market.

Although the Food 4 Less is no longer part of the plan, the inclusion of a grocery store still concerns local residents.

“Within a block and a half, you have three grocery stores,” said Bob Boyd, produce director for Spencer’s Fresh Market and the only resident to speak at Tuesday’s meeting. “And I guarantee you there’s going to be jobs lost. You’ll be taking the pie and you’re going to be splitting it.”