Sports Club Expansion
The Paso Robles Planning Commission just approved a facility expansion at the Paso Robles Sports Club located directly across the street from Barney Schwartz Park at 2975 Union Rd. The new facility, called the Paso Robles Sports Club’s Performance Center, will be over 16,000 square feet. Planned amenities include: fast and slow pitch softball and also baseball batting cages; 10,000 square feet of additional Fitness space, an Event Center for parties, and raised Tournament Seating for viewing of 7 lighted-tennis courts. Read more.
New Mixed-Use Development
A new project has been approved for the former Paso Robles Ford location at 34th and Spring Streets. The "Uptown Center" project proposes to construct 23,500 square feet of commercial buildings fronting on Spring Street. 28 detached single family homes along with 14 attached ownership residential units would be constructed on the eastern portion of the site, with homes oriented to 34th Street and Park Street. Read more.
City Council approved a plan by the Paso Robles Waste & Recycle family of companies for developing a public-access Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station. This station will allow the community and Paso Robles Waste & Recycle to take advantage of the numerous benefits compressed natural gas offers. Read more.
Recently, a new fire engine was purchased to replace one of two eleven-year old front-line engines - each having over 100,000 miles and 8,000 engine hours. The new engine incorporates a number of new safety features and complies with newer, stricter emission standards. Read more.
Construction of a new accessible City Park restroom building is complete and the facility was opened to the public on Tuesday, June 18. The exterior of the building was purposely designed to complement existing architecture in the downtown core, including the city library and the original Carnegie library building that is now home to the el Paso de Robles Historical Society. Read more.
The Paso Robles Planning Commission and City Council recently
approved a 142-unit apartment complex on the south side of
Experimental Station Road west of Buena Vista Drive. The complex
will provide needed housing options for moderate income families
and students of nearby Cuesta College.
The grand opening of Smart & Final Extra! located at 2121 Spring Street was June 12, 2013. Locals and visitors are gratified to once again have an option for grocery shopping on the west side of the city. The Paso Robles Smart & Final Extra! store carries thousands of items including produce, fresh meat, frozen foods, dairy, deli and grocery basics like cereal, yogurt, bread and snacks. Read more.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company is currently working on several improvements, with most expected to be completed by summer. Projects include a new kegging hall, brewery store, “Union Hall”, which will showcase the brewery’s oak barrel brewing system, as well as repavings, landscaping and other improvements around the brewery. Read more.
The restrooms at Pioneer Park are being upgraded. Pioneer Park is home to the Pioneer Skate Park, a baseball diamond, children's playground, large grass picnic area and the Pioneer Museum. The restrooms at the park were built by volunteers in the late 70's. The project is scheduled to begin January 17, 2013 and will be completed weather permitting, this spring. Read more.
Paso Robles AYSO Soccer is hosting their 14th Annual Grape Crush Open Invitation Tournament, Friday January 18 - Sunday, January 20, 2013. The tournament serves players ages 9-14, with 90 teams and families coming from regions as far as Hawthorne from the south, Mountain View from the north, and Visalia to the east. Read more.
Twin Cities Hospital Receives Top Safety Score
Twin Cities Community Hospital was recently honored with an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit advocacy group for hospital transparency. Twin Cities is one of just 92 hospitals in the state of California to receive and "A" in the Hospital Safety Score. Read more.
America's Tire Celebrates Grand Opening
America's Tire, the nation's largest tire and wheel retailer, announced the opening of its new store located at 2441 Golden Hill Road in Paso Robles. The America's Tire facility is located on Golden Hill Road, north of Route 46. "Customers will likely be attracted by our low prices and selection of tires and wheels", said Brian Wheat, store manager of the new store. Read more.
Vina Robles Winery recently broke ground on their new 3,300 seat boutique amphitheater at the Vina Robles Hospitality Center in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, and work is progressing steadily. Read more.
The Los Angeles | San Francisco Daily Journal named Iris Yang, Paso Robles’ City Attorney among its Top 25 municipal lawyers in California for 2012. There are thousands of attorneys in California; to make the Top 25 list in any field is an honor in the legal profession. Read more.
There is a brand new restaurant open at the Paso Robles airport! "LaGuardia's Homemade Since 1912" is an Italian deli that serves sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods Monday-Friday from 8:00 am. to 2:30 pm. Read more.
More Expansion for Firestone Walker Brewery
The Paso Robles Planning Commission has just approved plans for expansion of the Firestone Walker Brewery operation at 1400 Ramada Drive, which include a 40,000 sq.ft. building and a 72-stall parking lot. Read more.
New Owners, Expansion at Pasolivo
Brian Dirk, president of the Troy Group in Costa Mesa has announced the acquisition of Pasolivo, the award- winning olive oil company and ranch located in Paso Robles. Changes for Pasolivo involve further planting of the orchards, upgrades in equipment, tasting room remodel, and development of their own bath and beauty products. Read more.
La Reyna Tortilleria and Deli
Fans of the excellent taco shack at the corner of 24th and Oak will be happy to note that the owners recently opened a full-service restaurant on Black Oak Drive that is making authentic Mexican food and homemade tortillas daily! Read more.
Artisan is Making a Move!
After six years at its current location (14th and Park), Artisan is getting ready to make a move to 12th Street. The new restaurant location is adjacent to the City Park and plans are in the making for new features to add to the seasonal menu offerings that have gained Artisan such an avid following around the country. Read more.
First Public Art Project for the Salinas River Corridor Project is Nearly Complete
The SLO Journal recently reported, "The best public art commissions....reflect careful forethought, contextual planning and clear execution of the art that goes into our communities. Such a work is Robert Roemisch's "Circle of Life," an elemental and functional steel sculpture commissioned for the Salinas River Corridor Project in Paso Robles." Read more.
Smart & Final Extra to Take Over Scolari Space
According to the building owner, Smart& Final has leased approx. 28,000 sq.ft. of the former Scolari's store space in Paso robles. There is 8,500 sq.ft. of available space left, with potential tenants being considered by the building's owners. Read more.
Emergency Services Partners with High School ROP
Paso Robles Emergency Services (fire department) are again participating in Paso Robles High School's ROP Community Healthcare Program. ROP Students work two hours every week at Fire Station 2 each semester alongside fire fighter/paramedics as part of their high school health care careers ROP curriculum. Read more.
Firestone Walker Brewery Christens New Brewhouse
Firestone Walker Brewing Company announced last week that it has begun brewing beer at its new state-of-the-art brewhouse at the brewery in Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. Free Tours are available daily, weekends from 10:30 to 3:30 and weekdays by appointment. Read more.
New Restaurant - "Paso Terra Seafood"
A brand new seafood restaurant just opened downtown. Located next to the Park Cinemas and across the street from Hotel Cheval, Paso Terra Seafood offers a variety of American, French and international seafood dishes and experienced servers, bar staff and support. Read more.
New Restaurant - "The Marker"
The Marker Restaurant has just opened at 700 Clubhouse Drive on the scenic 6-hole River Oaks Golf Course. The Mediterranean and Greek influenced menu focuses on locally grown produce and meats, with most items entirely homemade and prepared on site. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and features a Sunday Brunch with live jazz, with the dining room overlooking the golf course and rolling west hills. Read more.
The Paso Robles airport is undergoing a transformation. Aviation Consultants, Inc. (ACI) has recently established a jet, fuel and aviation support service center at the airport in the newly refurbished hanger building at 4990 Wing Way. From in-flight services and ground support, to hotel accommodations, ACI will take care of your air travel needs. Read more.
California Mid-State Fair Stimulates Local Economy
The California Mid-State Fair reported strong numbers for 2012, with attendance almost even with the record-setting numbers of 2011 and Livestock sales increasing by over $300,000. Read more.
A new River Trail that runs parallel to River Road connecting between Niblick Road and 13th Street is under construction. When completed, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to safely travel from Larry Moore Park to North River Road without using surface streets. Read more.
New Bakery Downtown
A new bakery is planned for 1229 Park Street. The location originally operated as a bakery run by the Waer family for close to 70 years, according to the Paso Robles Historical Society. The Bread Garden Bakery, owned by David Morris, is relocating to Paso Robles after 38 years in Berkeley, CA. Read more.
North County Business Resource Center
The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce has added a resource for businesses: The North County Business Resource Center (North County BRC) is available to any small business in Northern SLO County needing additional counseling or guidance to develop and grow their business. It can also provide introductions to other key resources in the North County. The North County BRC is located at 1225 Park Street in downtown Paso Robles and is open from 9am to 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 805-238-0506. Read more.
New Resort and Spa Planned
On Tuesday, July 17th, the Paso Robles City Council approved plans for a new full-service resort and spa to be built on Buena Vista Drive. The Ayres Resort and Spa is set to break ground this fall, and will provide jobs for 300-400 workers during construction and 30-40 permanent resort jobs upon opening. Read more.
Oak Park Housing
The Oak Park Housing Authority includes 148 1940's-era rental units. The Authority has plans to replace all the units plus expand to a total of 302 units. The project will create approximately 200 jobs for construction and related services. The first phase of construction is set to begin this November and is scheduled to be completed by November 2013. Read more.
New Retail Business: Tractor Supply Co.
There is a new retail business at 2800 Riverside, the former KMart/Powerhouse location. Tractor Supply Company has tenant improvements under way, and a soft opening is planned for October 27, 2012. The Paso Robles Tractor Supply store will employ 12-17 full and part-time team members. The location will occupy 23,432 square feet, 44,000+ square feet is still available for lease. Read more.
ADA Improvements Downtown Complete
On February 21, 2012, the City Council awarded a contract to improve curb ramps and sidewalks along Spring Street from First Street to 20th. These improvements provided work for 30 individuals and were paid for using Redevelopment Agency funds. The next phase includes renovated public restrooms in the park. The rest of the improvements are scheduled to be complete by October 2012. Read more.
Santa Cruz Biotech Expansion
Santa Cruz Biotech recently broke ground on a new 25,000 sq.ft. production and storage facility at 3600 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles. Santa Cruz Biotech will be expanding their business, adding a 4th building to their business campus. This will bring the total square footage of buildings up to 162,700 square feet. Read more.
Firestone Beer Fest Sells Out, Raises Funds for Pioneer Day
The inaugural Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest took place June 9, 2012 at the Paso Robles Event Center and Sold out weeks in advance of the event with close to 3200 total in attendance, and the majority of attendees came from outside of SLO County. This event is a first for Firestone Walker and a new funding mechanism for Pioneer Day, raising revenue that will help ensure that the beloved annual event continues. Read more.
Wathen-Castonos Hybrid Homes reported a strong sales start for the opening of their Vintage at Montebello Oaks community, east of North River Road, off of Skyview Drive at Union Rd. The developer reported that they accepted five (5) reservations on their opening day and sold 14 homes in the first three weeks of availability. Read more.
Learning Resource Center Opening
Cuesta College Dedicated the Dale and Mary Schwartz Learning Resource Center, the second permanent building on the North County Campus, on May 24, 2012. The 33,385 s.f. structure includes a new library, group study rooms, a 32-station computer lab, seven classrooms and faculty offices. Read more.
Traffic flow relief for the 13th Street bridge and access to Highway 101 is under construction. Funding for the project is with a $10 million grant administered by San Luis Obispo Council of Government (SLOCOG). The project includes widening of the 13th Street bridge, 17th street on and off ramps, and a southbound on-ramp on 46 East. Read more.
The 4th annual Paso Robles Festival of the Arts took place May 25-27, 2012 reporting major success on a number of levels. The events has grown to 3 days, over 100 artists participated, close to 5,000 people were estimated attending and art sales were up close to 20%. The event was publicized widely, garnering attention for the region and further branding Paso Robles as a destination for the arts. Read more.
Great Western Bicycle Rally
May 25-28, 2012 marked the 48th Annual Great Western Bicycle Rally at the Paso Robles Event Center. Each Memorial Day weekend, approximately 1500 people meet in Paso Robles to celebrate cycling in all its forms: long distance, pleasure riding, hill climbing, mountain biking, children's cycling and more. Read more.
T.J. Maxx, the nation's largest off-price retailer, opened a new store in Paso Robles on May 20th. The 25,000 sq.ft. store is located at 2453 Golden Hill Road. The new store will add approximately 60 full and part-time jobs to the area. Read more.
The Paso Robles Planning Commission recently approved plans for a new 32,000 sq.ft. production facility at the north east corner of Union Road and Tuley Road. Construction in scheduled to start late this year and be completed by Spring 2013. Read more.
At the May 15, 2012 City Council meeting, the Council awarded a contract to install the South River Road Bike/Pedestrian Path from Navajo to the 13th Street Bridge. This project is being funded by a Caltrans Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program Grant and is set to begin in June and completed in the fall of 2012. Read more.
Continuing a process that began in February 2010 with the award of a Proposition 84 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant, the City Council approved the designs for the Uptown Family Park (641 36th Street) at the May 15, 2012 City Council meeting. Read more.
BevMo!, the ultimate specialty beverage retailer, will open its newest central California store in Paso Robles at 2135 Theatre Drive, on Friday May 18, at 9 a.m. As the 116th BevMo! serving California and Arizona, the new 8,000 s.f. location will feature a selection of 1,800 wines; 1,560 spirits; 1,100 beers and hundreds of gourmet food items, cocktail mixers, glassware, bar accessories, and more. Read more.
JUSTIN Winery Expansion
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery recently broke ground on a new 66,000 sq. ft. production and storage facility at 2295 Wisteria Lane. In December 2011, JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery began an expansion of its current production and barrel storage facilities in the City of Paso Robles on Wisteria Lane. Read more.
Derby Wine Estates
The Tribune published an article about Derby Winery – the company that is restoring and reusing the historic Farmer’s Alliance Building on Riverside Avenue (read the article here). This project will breathe new life into a building that has been an important Paso Robles agricultural and architectural landmark for 90 years. It was/is not a simple endeavor, but public and private worked together to make it happen (see attached letter from the project architect).
1200 Rhone wine fans from around the world gathered at the Paso Robles Event Center for three days to taste 900+ Rhone variety wines from 151 wineries hailing from seven counties at the 20th Annual Hospice du Rhone celebration. Read more.
A Paso Robles manufacturer, Specialty Silicone Fabricators (SSF), has recently completed construction on a new 102,000 sq.ft. at the Paso Robles airport. Located at 3077 Rollie Gates Drive, the new facility roughly doubles the space available for operations. Read more.
Applied Technologies Associates recently broke ground on a 23,000 sq.ft. expansion to their engineering and manufacturing campus located at the Paso Robles Airport. Through direct employment and ATA's commitment to local strategic partnerships, it is estimated that this will create 40 jobs in Paso Robles in 2012 and as many as 200 jobs over the next 3-5 years. Read more.