Letters to the Editor

Rundown property

I was very interested in your article about the property at San Carlos Drive, near Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo (“Property plans unclear,” July 15).

I live about 100 yards from there and was intrigued to see a summary of what has been happening.

I have watched it go through several iterations of demolition, haphazard starts, long periods of total inactivity and brief spurts of abortive construction.

I have seen some improvements. The weeds are no longer more than 5 feet tall (the drought does have an upside), the portable toilets are no longer open to the public, and I haven’t seen an empty wine bottle in a while.

I was surprised to learn that there was an actual developer, Ryan Petetit, presumably developing the property.

I had just assumed that someone was trying to build a house on a shoestring and kept running out of funds, or had no idea how to go about doing it.

After all, it has taken some four years at this point and the foundation hasn’t been laid yet.

I hope Petetit is doing better in his other endeavors. If he and his attorney “sounded frustrated,” I would be happy give them some advice on how deal with it.