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As the City of San Luis Obispo develops its downtown core, it wishes to integrate ample parking to support future development. Watry Design was hired to develop the final parking structure design for this site and provide the environmental and entitlement clearances for the project. Watry Design and our team of consultants prepared design options of the structure, conducted public workshops to gather feedback, developed the EIR documents and obtained entitlement clearances.

The parking structure will provide 403 parking stalls. A pedestrian path will connect users to Monterey Street, with vehicle entries and exits on Palm and Nipomo Streets. The structure is designed to fit within the context of its surroundings and preserves the existing large oak tree on Monterey Street.

The roof is being designed to accommodate event space, taking advantage of the surrounding views of the Bishop and Cerro San Luis peaks. Photovoltaic panels will help offset energy needs, and 143 stalls will have EV charging capability.

In keeping with the City’s goals, the site layout design includes 5,000 sf reserved for future commercial development or housing and provides space for a new building for the San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre. The structural design and pedestrian connections for these other uses were designed collaboratively with the parking structure to ensure a seamless connection between them.

Project Details

  • Owner: City of San Luis Obispo
  • Project Status: Plan Check
  • Parking Stalls: 396
  • Levels: 5
  • Total Sq Ft: 162,750
  • Sq Ft per Stall: 412
  • Total Project Cost: $44,623,000 (estimated)
  • Per Stall Cost: $112,684