Letters to the Editor

Hotel on Branch St. in Arroyo Grande is a bad idea

An early rendering of the proposed hotel in Arroyo Grande shows what the building could look like once constructed.Courtesy of NKT Commercial
An early rendering of the proposed hotel in Arroyo Grande shows what the building could look like once constructed.Courtesy of NKT Commercial NKT Commercial

The Village of Arroyo Grande has a character and charm unique to the Central Coast with a thriving commercial life and a multitude of amenities. A hotel on Branch Street would change that.

I was chagrined to read that the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s primary concern is the architectural style of the proposed hotel (“Hotel proposed for Arroyo Grande Village,” Nov. 21). While that is an important consideration, the greater issues of traffic and parking are not being addressed.

The location of the hotel is the problem. Nearly everyone depends on Branch Street for access to just about everything, including the freeway. We already have moderate, and at times heavy, traffic through the Village. Parking is a problem and would become an enormous one. Already at certain hours, shopping in the Village is difficult because of parking, and sharing a lot with Mason and Robert’s does not add spaces.

A 51-room hotel right on Branch Street, our main thoroughfare, would cause major traffic congestion, further limit access and would significantly diminish the quality of life we all now enjoy.

I implore members of the Planning Commission to do the right thing and not approve a hotel in the proposed location.

Roger Vogler, Arroyo Grande

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