Part of Atascadero’s long-stalled Las Lomas housing complex, where construction stopped in 2008 after the bankruptcy of then-home builder R.W. Hertel & Sons, is back on track.
Atascadero residents Mike Zappas and Gaylen Little purchased two-thirds of the original project, which gained city approval in 2003 and 2004, for an undisclosed sum to construct eight apartment buildings later this year.
Zappas and Little also own the Hidden Oaks Apartments off El Camino Real.
Las Lomas Village Apartments, a nearly 6-acre site that sits empty with graded building pads, still calls for 100 apartments in southern Atascadero at 9000 Calle Milano near Paloma Park.
The pair didn’t purchase another aspect of the original project that calls for townhouses. The status of that portion is unclear.
The footprint of the apartment buildings remains about the same, according to the city, but changes to the project’s look and makeup are being sought at a design review committee meeting planned for 4 p.m. today at City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real, in Conference Room No. 4.
The redesign would shift from buildings with stone and wood siding to a classic California Mission-style architecture with smooth white stucco walls, tile roofs, ironwork and covered patios, according to the plans.
“Staff believes that the revisions will create a clean, high-end design aesthetic,” city planner Callie Taylor said in her report.
The new owners are also asking that more rooms become available.
The project was originally approved with 80 two-bedroom units; and 20 one-bedroom units.
The new owners are asking for 20 one-bedroom units, 60 two-bedroom units and 20 three-bedroom units, according to the city.
They also want to replace a planned playground in the common area with a building for a rental office, gym and shared laundry facility.
Construction of a community pool would follow as more people move in, the report said.