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Artist’s rendering of a streetscape in the community of Viñedo planned for the South Chandler Ranch-Olsen Ranch area on the east side of Paso Robles.

Construction has begun on a Paso Robles housing project that will bring more than 1,200 single and multi-family homes to a 280-acre site in the city’s southeast corner.

The Viñedo Development, also known as the Olsen-South Chandler Specific Plan, is being built by Olsen 212 LLC, which is owned by Southern California developer Danny Brose.

The developer believes first phase of houses should be built by 2023, according to a press release from the city of Paso Robles.

It could take five to 10 years for construction to complete on the sprawling development, which will include community parks, recreation facilities and more than eight miles of hiking and biking trails, according to the release.

Located across Linne Road in Paso Robles, the site borders Hanson Road to the east; Fontana Road, Poppy Lane and Pioneer Trail and Winding Brook roads to the west, and Meadowlark Road to the south, according to a plan the map.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to begin bringing the vision for this project to life and building much needed new housing in the city of Paso Robles,” Brose said in the statement.

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An artist’s representation of the Viñedo community planned for the South Chandler Ranch-Olsen Ranch area on the east side of Paso Robles. City of Paso Robles

The Paso Robles housing project has been preparing for decades

The city of Paso Robles has hoped to develop the Viñedo project site for decades, but has struggled to bring those ideas to fruition, according to Tribune records.

The city annexed the Chandler Ranch property in 1980, and plans to split it in two were approved by the Paso Robles City Council in 2017.

In 2004 Paso Robles incorporated the nearby Olsen Ranch and Beechwood properties.

In February 2020, City Council unanimously approved implementation plans for the Olsen-South Chandler Specific Plan.

The vote came after Brose announced plans in 2019 to develop Viñedo using four parcels controlled by three different owners: South Chandler Ranch, Olsen Ranch, Centex and Our Town, The Tribune reported then.

Brose’s Olsen 212 LLC held a controlling interest.

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A diagram shows the layout of the proposed Beechwood development, which would include 915 housing units on 211 acres of land in the southeast corner of Paso Robles. Courtesy of the City of Paso Robles

Construction will begin soon on the Beechwood property

Construction is expected to begin soon on another housing project in the southeast corner of Paso Robles.

Development plans for the neighboring Beechwood property, located about three and a half miles from downtown Paso Robles, have been underway for about 20 years.

In 2020, the Paso Robles City Council approved plans to develop the 234-acre parcel into 911 residential properties, including more than 100 multi-family homes, according to the Project description.

The Beechwood plan also includes 40,000 square feet of mixed-use development and over 20 acres of open space, including an eight-acre public park.

Paso Robles Community Development Manager Warren Frace said the Beechwood property is expected to open later this year.

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