100 new homes planned on site of Templeton Livestock Market
Project originally approved in 2011 now moving forward
A project that was approved by the county in January 2011 will move forward with new owners, Coastal Community Builders, Inc., whose purchase of the 16.76-acre parcel on the north end of Templeton at 221 Main St. was completed in the last month. The development will be located where Templeton Livestock Market and Hoover’s Beef Palace are currently situated. The livestock market held its last auction on Oct. 4. Hoover’s last day open will be Sunday, Nov. 9.
Coastal Community Builders representative Terri Gibbs said that the development will include 107 residential housing lots, all single family residents. She said there will be a mix of single- and two-story homes. San Luis Obispo County Planner Kerry Brown said the project will have 67 small lot four packs — where four parcels share a common driveway — and the lots, she said, will range in size from 2,600 to 3,999 square feet. Gibbs said the homes on those lots will range in size from 1,185 to 1,527 square feet.
Brown said there will be 40 traditional single family lots ranging in size from 4,800 to 6,662 square feet with the homes at 1,735 to 2,300 square feet. It will also have a 72,072-square-foot commercial lot and eight park/common/open space lots. Gibbs said there will also be a trail system through the project. Brown said the site has three zoning categories: residential, recreation and commercial.
“The project will result in the disturbance of the entire 16.76- acre parcel,” Brown said. “The division will create two new on-site roads and extend Waterfall Road, Headwaters Road, and Reflection Place. … The project will also include improvements to Main Street and a dedication for a trail easement along Toad Creek.”
Gibbs said that her company is currently working on pulling demolition permits and hopes to start grading the site by the end of the year or early 2015. She said that the first homes in the project are expected — barring any delays — to be completed by fall 2015. For the commercial part, Gibbs said she’s unsure if the company will develop it and lease out the units or if it will sell off the commercial lot for someone else to develop, both of which the company has done in the past. She said she’s not sure why the project wasn’t developed once it was approved in early 2011, adding that having the approved project on the land was why the company decided to purchase it.
“We’re not doing anything new,” Gibbs said. “We’re a local company purchasing [it]. Someone was going to buy it and build it. We’re lucky we’re a local company that bought it and will keep the integrity of the area.”
While the design of the project will remain the same design-wise, Gibbs said it is possible that the color schemes may change to reflect Coastal Community Builder’s style. “As we get started — we may change things to put our style on it,” she said.
The company recently changed its named from Inland Pacific Builders. However, the original name of the company, Gibbs said, was Coastal Community Builders; it was changed a number of years ago when the company expanded inland to reflect its new area. Since then, the company has decided to focus on the coastal communities from Solvang to Templeton. The company has been building on the Central Coast since 1988.
Community members have expressed sadness at the two Templeton long-time businesses having to close for the development. The market opened more than 70 years ago. Templeton Livestock Market owner Randy Baxley took over the market in 2000, six years after he took over the Visalia market. The markets have been in Baxley’s family for many years. The Visalia market will continue to operate as it has in the past, though local ranchers can get their animals to market via a receiving yard Baxley will set up on Ramada Drive to transport the animals to Visalia.