We were told that 22 Chorro St., the building located at the corner of Foothill and Chorro, would provide affordable workforce housing. We ended up with expensive luxury student apartments.
We were told that 22 Chorro was made of two-bedroom apartments. These apartments are now advertised as four bedrooms.
We were told 22 Chorro would provide badly needed housing. We ended up with apartments so expensive (about $1,300 per bed) that even students don't want to live there, and the building is half empty.
We were told that the low-income studios would attract a vast range of people. The truth is that no families, disabled persons, nor aged persons could live comfortably in a small studio among well-off students, and these studios are presently empty.
We were told that these types of buildings could be turned into workforce housing later on. But all you have to do is look at the layout of 22 Chorro to know that you would have to gut each apartment and do it over to make it comfortable for families.
The same nightmare is presently taking place at 71 Palomar Ave., with rents even higher than 22 Chorro. And the same thing is planned for 790 Foothill Blvd.
When is the public going to be told the truth? And why is City Hall so eager to come to the rescue of developers while turning a deaf ear to all the residents' concerns?
San Luis Obispo