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Centrally Grown neighbor appeals decision to allow Cambria restaurant complex renovation

Centrally Grown is renovating the former Hamlet restaurant site just north of Cambria.
Centrally Grown is renovating the former Hamlet restaurant site just north of Cambria.

A week after county planners gave the initial go-ahead June 6 for Centrally Grown to remodel nine structures surrounding the former Hamlet restaurant building on Exotic Gardens Drive, the next-door neighbor filed an appeal of that decision.

Many of the concerns listed in Khosro Khaloghli’s June 13 appeal are the same as those he raised at the Planning Department hearing, according to planner Rob Fitzroy.  

The next step is a hearing in front of county supervisors. Fitzroy said in an email interview the hearing date hasn’t been set yet, but he expects it to happen between September and November of this year.

Since 1961, various uses of the 3.1-acre ocean-view property across Highway 1 from the sea have included a two-story restaurant/bar/lounge, lavish gardens, a gift shop, a commercial and/or retail nursery, a day spa, an art gallery and two homes. 

Owner Dave Robertson’s farm-to-table concept includes converting several side buildings into extensions of the restaurant, adding decks and making changes to bring the structures into compliance with current regulations. One residence could be used as a vacation rental. Under a separate permit, remodeling of the restaurant building has been underway for some time.

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