New hotel and performing arts center planned for downtown
Local developers Brett Van Steenwyk and Debbie Lorenz, owners of the downtown Acorn Building, have submitted plans to the city of Paso Robles as the Pine Street Promenade LLC for a new master-planned public square with artisan marketplace, boutique hotel, offices, retail and entertainment components adjacent to the city’s historic town square park.
Van Steenwyk and Lorenz say they saw an opportunity in developing the former Hayward Lumber Yard into a city landmark that will provide a commercial and pedestrian connection between the AMTRAK station with its adjacent retail and entertainment venues, and the central business district surrounding the downtown park area of Paso Robles.
The Pine Street Promenade is planned to enhance and draw on the burgeoning tourist destination trade that is becoming the future of Paso Robles. The project’s hotel, restaurant, offices and marketplace will surround a public plaza with a Californian/Tuscan architectural flavor.
After a chance meeting with Casey Biggs, the Paso Wine Man, who was promoting the need for a world class performing arts center, Van Steenwyk and Lorenz became excited by the concept of including such a center as a potential part of the project.
They directed the project’s civil engineer Mike Hodge and architect Steven Puglisi of San Luis Obispo to draw up conceptual plans to integrate the Paso Robles Center for the Performing Arts as part of the overall Promenade vision. The plans would require the building of a new parking structure providing additional downtown parking. They have also funded the necessary research to document the viability and community interest for such an ambitious project.