Sunny Acres scores a win



The bill for the much ballyhooed Sunny Acres cleanup just went down—way down.

On April 20, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall gave a nod to the PolyHouse project to remediate code violations at Sunny Acres, a sober-living facility for otherwise homeless individuals that was upended by code violations and subsequent court battles.

PolyHouse is a graduate level course for Cal Poly students who choose a home-remodel project for a disadvantaged family or individual every year.

Now the project has approval from Crandall and a court-appointed receiver to take over the permitting and demolition work on buildings that violate county codes. Sunny Acres owner Dan De Vaul previously worried he would have to sell the ranch if the remediation work became too costly, which he believed would be the case if the job was assigned to private contractors.

De Vaul will still have to pay the receiver $26,000 in fees, and he’s preparing to settle attorney fees with SLO County attorneys. But with PolyHouse taking over at no cost to Sunny Acres, De Vaul said he believes he can keep the ranch open.

“PolyHouse saved my ass,” he said.

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