A California State Park’s plan for a scenic stretch of Highway 1, near Piedras Blancas, could one day bring a dilapidated motel and cafe back to life, along with a campground, cabins and coastal trail.
According to The Tribune, the state parks system has owned the Piedras Blancas Motel & Cafe property since 2007, when the Trust for Public Lands completed a grant-funded acquisition to prevent commercial development on the prime oceanfront land. The 1950s-era motel, gas station, gift shop, latté stop and informal rough-camping sites there have been closed since before that, with the motel shutting its doors around 2005.
The first phase of the project will involve construction of a 3-mile section of the California Coastal Trail, while a second section of the trail would be added in the second phase.
The motel and campground would be revamped in the second phase of the project, said Dan Falat, superintendent of State Parks San Luis Obispo Coast District, which extends from the Monterey County line to Montaña de Oro. The café already has been restored, at a cost of $180,000, according to information that Falat provided.
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