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empower | bishop studios | architectural review

  • Council Hearing Room, City Hall 990 Palm Street San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401 United States (map)

why should I attend?

During this meeting, the SLO Architectural Review Commission will determine if this development fits within the neighborhood's architecture and design. By attending and sharing your ideas you can have a powerful say in the look & feel of this building.

how do I attend?

Simply show up at 5:00 PM with an open mind and a willingness to speak your ideas. Remember to bring your passion in housing and perhaps a pad of paper for notes.

proposed project:

bishop street studios


Project Address: (Old) Sunny Acres Orphanage, Bishop Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Applicant: Transitions Mental Health Association


The old Sunny Acres orphanage above Johnson Avenue has been abandoned for 40 years. The Bishop Street Studios project includes full renovation of the original 1931 building along with the addition of three new structures. Transitions-Mental Health Association will create 34 one-person units of affordable housing for adults living with mental illness.

Bishop Street Studios will:
• Provide supportive permanent housing, an elemental part of our mission.
• Build independent housing close to existing services and transit.
• Preserve the existing building and its unique architecture.
• Enhance the surrounding neighborhood through eradication of crime and blight associated with this abandoned site.
• Increase the amount of housing for adults living with mental illness in the City of San Luis Obispo by nearly 30%.