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Mixed-use development underway at Kentucky and Taft streets in SLO

Seven residential units and two retail tenant spaces are being built at the site of a dilapidated gas station at Kentucky and Taft streets in San Luis Obispo. Construction is expected to be finished in late July.
Seven residential units and two retail tenant spaces are being built at the site of a dilapidated gas station at Kentucky and Taft streets in San Luis Obispo. Construction is expected to be finished in late July. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Seven residential units and two retail spaces are being built at the site of a dilapidated gas station at Kentucky and Taft streets in San Luis Obispo.

The development project near California Boulevard south of Cal Poly is expected to be finished in late July.

Developer Eran Fields of Icon Companies, a commercial real estate firm with four offices nationwide, said construction began in October and was the culmination of a planning process that began in 2008.

“This has been eight years in the making,” Fields said. “We started our plans in 2008. We’re so excited that it’s finally going in.”

The approved design includes two retail spaces totaling 4,900 square feet, seven residential units — with one dedicated as affordable — and 27 parking spaces, according to Doug Davidson, the city’s deputy director of community development.

Fields said he doesn’t know yet which retail businesses could go in but said that they would be “small, specialty-type businesses.”

The project has been revised several times since it was first proposed in 2009.

The original proposal included 20 residential units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space. Plans once called for 10 automated parking lifts, but those lifts are not included in the current design approved Oct. 13, 2014.

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